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News in Brief: Lost Artwork up for Auction, the Apartment Closes, MMFA’s Rodin Blockbuster

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Three works by New York–based Canadian artist Cal Lane that went missing last year during shipping have recently emerged on the block at an Ontario-based auction house. The works, from her series of canvas prints Veiled Hood Stains (2014), were exhibited last year at Art Mûr. The artist and her gallery are working with police to investigate the theft. Canadian Art will be publishing an in-depth article on this developing story early next week.

Vancouver gallery the Apartment, profiled in the Summer 2015 issue of Canadian Art, recently announced that they are closing later this month. The Apartment has been operating for eight years, seven of which were spent in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The gallery, owned by Lee Plested and Erik von Muller, represents artists including Garry Neill Kennedy, Althea Thauberger, Mungo Thomson and Tiziana La Melia.

The University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery announced that Dr. Julie Nagam will be the first chair in the history of Indigenous arts, a joint position between the two institutions. The role is the first of its kind in Canada, combining research and teaching at the university with curatorial work at the gallery. Nagam previously worked at OCAD University in Toronto, and will begin her post as chair this week.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has something of a summer blockbuster on its hands with “Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio,” which has attracted more than 100,000 visitors in the first two-and-a-half months of its run. Though impressive, the news is perhaps not entirely surprising, given that the MMFA has been Canada’s most-visited museum for the past two years.

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Jan Allen says:

I was intrigued by your announcement about the WAG and University of Winnipeg appointment of Dr Julie Nagam, and moved to point out that a similar cross appointment was made last summer. Dr Norman Vorano is Curator of Indigenous Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Visual and Material Culture in the Department of Art at Queen’s University.

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