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News in Brief: John Greer Wins Monument Competition, Scotiabank Photo Longlist, Mural Debate at York University

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Halifax-based artist John Greer has been selected to create a monument in Ottawa for Canada’s Building Trades Union. Greer’s proposal, which was developed in collaboration with architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, was selected from 49 submissions. The monument will be unveiled in May of 2017.

Ten Canadian photographers have been longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award, which awards a $50,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and a published monograph of the winner’s work. The longlisted artists are: Raymonde April, Geneviève Cadieux, Michel Campeau, Moyra Davey, Evergon, Michael Flomen, Pascal Grandmaison, Thaddeus Holownia, Suzy Lake and Jayce Salloum.

Art Toronto founder Linel Rebenchuk died in West Vancouver on January 14. Rebenchuk immigrated to Canada from Romania and moved to Vancouver in 1992. After starting Sui Generis Gallery in North Vancouver, Rebenchuk established the Vancouver Art Fair in 1997. After two iterations of the Vancouver Art Fair, Rebenchuk established Art Toronto in 2000, which went on to become one of the country’s largest art fairs.

Film executive Paul Bronfman announced earlier this week that he is revoking support for the York University’s Cinema and Media Arts program in response to a student mural with an “anti-Israel” message. On view in the York University Centre, the work, titled Palestinian Roots, was the outcome of a mural competition in 2013. Bronfman will reinstate funding if the mural is removed.

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