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Irina Antonova, head of top Moscow art museum, dies at 98 – The Record (New Westminster)

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MOSCOW — Irina Antonova, a charismatic art historian who presided over one of Russia’s top art museums for more than half a century, has died at 98.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts said Antonova, its president, died in Moscow on Monday. It said Tuesday that Antonova last week tested positive for coronavirus, which exacerbated her chronic heart ailments.

Antonova began working at the Pushkin museum after her graduation in 1945, and in 1961 she became its director. She held the job until 2013, when she shifted into the ceremonial post of its president. The 52-year tenure made her the world’s longest-serving director of a major art museum.

As the Pushkin museum director, Antonova spearheaded major art exhibitions that saw the exchange of art treasures between the Pushkin Museum and top international art collections despite the Cold War-era tensions and constraints. Those exchanges, facilitated by her extensive personal contacts with colleagues in the museum world, brought Antonova wide acclaim worldwide.

She also was very active in promoting the museum’s treasures to the public.

Antonova has received numerous Russian and foreign state awards.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the president often met Antonova at the museum and “highly appraised her deep expert knowledge.”

Antonova will be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery alongside her husband, who also was an art historian. Funeral ceremonies will be closed to the public amid coronavirus restrictions.

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Public invited to take part in Black History Month art project – Chatham Daily News

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The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace will celebrate Black History Month this February by inviting the community to contribute to an artwork project.

For centuries, people of African descent have confronted and continue to confront prejudice and inequity, the gallery stated, with systemic barriers still preventing full and equal participation in society.

“Almost nine months after George Floyd’s death, the rise of Black Lives Matter, and C-K’s own peaceful march down King Street, we want to keep carrying it forward,” said gallery curator Phil Vanderwall in a release.

“Creativity can help us to confront and overcome our challenges. Art can help us create the world we want to live in and what better way to focus our energies than to join together as a community and participate in a positive vision for 2021?”

“Celebrating Black Lives” is the theme of this digitally based installation. Anyone who wishes to participate can complete a work of art on the theme in any media. Feel free to paint, draw, design, or write.

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Artists sought for Five Corners public art project in downtown Chilliwack – Chilliwack Progress

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The City of Chilliwack is looking for artists to submit their ideas for a new piece of public art to be installed at Five Corners.

The city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Five Corners Public Art Project on Jan. 11. The future artwork will be situated outside the front entrance of 46115 Yale Rd., located at the northeast corner of the intersection.

“The successful proponent will create and install public art that will add value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of the downtown core of Chilliwack,” reads the RFP document.

The proposed public art must:

• Fit in a footprint of 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres

• Be no more than 3 metres high

• Must be able to be illuminated

• Installation must be able to stand up to graffiti, natural elements

• Footprint must be secured to ensure the piece’s integrity and public safety

• Not impede traffic (ie must not be reflective)

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“The goal of the Five Corners Public Art Installation is to increase foot traffic on the street, animate Chilliwack’s historic downtown and draw attention to Chilliwack as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.”

There will be a mandatory virtual site meeting through Zoom on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. Proposals will not be accepted by the city from proponents who do not attend the meeting. (Link to Zoom meeting at end of story.)

Proposals can be submitted electronically (preferred) or as a hard copy. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.Submissions must include a technical proposal and a financial proposal. Electronic submissions are to be emailed to bids@chilliwack.com; hard copy proposals are to be delivered to:

RFP – “Five Corners Public Art”

City of Chilliwack

8550 Young Rd.

Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 8A4

CONFIDENTIAL – DO NOT OPEN

The successful proponent will be notified within 30 days of the Feb. 17 closing date.

Further information on the Five Corners Public Art Project can be found on the city’s website: Five Corners Project document and mandatory virtual site meeting via Zoom.


 

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Public invited to take part in Black History Month art project – The Beacon Herald

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The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace will celebrate Black History Month this February by inviting the community to contribute to an artwork project.

For centuries, people of African descent have confronted and continue to confront prejudice and inequity, the gallery stated, with systemic barriers still preventing full and equal participation in society.

“Almost nine months after George Floyd’s death, the rise of Black Lives Matter, and C-K’s own peaceful march down King Street, we want to keep carrying it forward,” said gallery curator Phil Vanderwall in a release.

“Creativity can help us to confront and overcome our challenges. Art can help us create the world we want to live in and what better way to focus our energies than to join together as a community and participate in a positive vision for 2021?”

“Celebrating Black Lives” is the theme of this digitally based installation. Anyone who wishes to participate can complete a work of art on the theme in any media. Feel free to paint, draw, design, or write.

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