The Winnipeg Art Gallery is planning to light up its downtown building with art in the lead-up to the grand opening of Qaumajuq, the WAG’s new Inuit art centre.
Starting this weekend, the gallery will be projecting contemporary Inuit artwork and imagery onto the exterior walls of the new Qaumajuq building at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and St. Mary Avenue in preparation for the space’s expected opening in late March.
“Qaumajuq is all about celebrating the North in the South, and this series of projections is an amazing example of that,” said WAG’s director and CEO, Stephen Borys, in a release Monday.
“The light of Qaumajuq is shining brighter as we get closer to the opening of the Inuit art centre in just a few weeks, and we invite everyone to come out for this safe outdoor activity.”
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The display will play on a loop every half-hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights starting Feb. 26 and running until March 27.
The 20-minute projection will feature work by Glenn Gear and Zacharias Kunuk, Inuit artists featured in Qaumajuq’s inaugural exhibition, as well as imagery from the North and a soundtrack by Inuk multimedia artist, Geronimo Inutiq.
The gallery has also installed two new massive sculptures in the outdoor plaza near the entrance to Qaumajuq.
The first, titled Time to Play by Abraham Anghik Ruben, is a large limestone carving of a family of bears playing.
The second, Goota Ashoona’s Tuniigusiia/The Gift, is a marble statue that is meant to reflect knowledge transfer through education and storytelling, as well as the important role played by teachers.
After being forced to close due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, the WAG reopened to the public on Valentine’s Day under strict COVID-19 protocols. This includes contact tracing, hand sanitization stations, and mandatory mask-wearing.
The WAG, Canada’s oldest civic art gallery, currently holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.
— With files from Dan Vadeboncoeur
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Focus – Looking back at the Arab Spring: The role of art and music – FRANCE 24
Issued on: 25/02/2021 – 16:23Modified: 25/02/2021 – 16:29
Ten years ago, the winds of change swept across several Arab nations, from Tunisia to Yemen via Egypt. The desire for political change was also expressed through art and music, which became vehicles for political ideas and the hopes and dreams of millions. Anmar Hijazi and Wassim Cornet look back at some of the highlights from the arts and culture world during the Arab Spring.
Programme prepared by Rebecca Martin and Wassim Cornet.
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This spring, Sotheby’s New York will auction off about US$150-million worth of art and jewels from the estate of the late oil heiress Anne Marion, who died last year.
Consisting of multiple blue-chip artworks that remained in Marion’s collection for decades, the sale comes at a time when, thanks to trepidation over online-only transactions, top-tier artworks are in short supply at auction.
Marion, who inherited a Texas oil fortune built on a Texas ranching fortune, was president of Burnett Oil Company, Burnett Ranches, and the Burnett Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas.
A major philanthropist, she founded the private Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in 1997 with US$10 million in seed money. She also spearheaded the US$65 million expansion of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and served for a period of time as a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Through her charitable donations, Marion gave away more than US$600 million.
All the while, Marion was acquiring art for herself.
“She was a lifelong, passionate collector,” says Michael Macaulay, a senior vice president and senior international specialist for contemporary art at Sotheby’s. The works coming to auction, he continues, “were mostly acquired in the 1980s and some in the 1990s.”
Roughly 200 lots from Marion’s collection will be included multiple sales, Macaulay says. Eighteen of the top artworks will be featured in a standalone evening sale; the rest, including a standalone jewelry sale featuring a pair of emerald and diamond ear clips that carry a US$150,000 high estimate, will be spread across 2021.
Marion is survived by her husband John Marion, the former chairman and chief auctioneer of Sotheby’s North America, whom she married in 1988.
The top lot of the entire sale is a work by the Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still, PH-125 (1948-No. 1) from 1948. Estimated between US$25 million and US$35 million, the work is a rare instance of the artist’s output coming to market: Approximately 95 per cent of everything he ever created resides in the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver.
There’s also a Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 40 from 1971, estimated between US$20 million and US$30 million, which Macaulay says Marion acquired in the early 1980s.
An abstract painting by Gerhard Richter from 1992 “is a bit of an outlier,” Macaulay says, insofar as Marion purchased in 2012 at Sotheby’s fairly late in her life. “It’s representative of her lifelong passion for collecting,” he says, “in that she never stopped.”
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Marion bought the work for US$16.9 million; currently, it’s estimated between US$14 million and US$18 million, an estimate that reflects a softening of Richter’s market.
Similarly, Sotheby’s will be selling a Warhol Double Elvis from 1963, which carries an estimate of US$20 million to US$30 million. The Warhol market has been depressed for more than half a decade, Macaulay acknowledges, but cautions against reading into overall numbers too much.
“Yes, there’s been an absence of many big prices [for Warhol] for a number of years,” he says. “But that’s not exclusively representative of demand, it’s also ‘Well, where is the supply for outstanding, top-tier early 1960s icons of pop art?’ And it’s pretty thin.”
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Sajjan says in a release that the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is doing the investigation.
Sajjan says he takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and continues to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward “no matter the rank, no matter the position.”
Sajjan says as of Wednesday he has appointed Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre as acting chief of the defence staff.
He says he will have no further comment at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Military investigators are probing allegations of sexual misconduct against Eyre’s predecessor, Gen. Jonathan Vance.
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