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News / May 7, 2020

News Roundup: Winnipeg Art Gallery Reopens with First Days Focused on Frontline Workers

Also, Canadian Barry Blitt wins a Pulitzer for his New Yorker illustrations, and the Remai Modern and Polygon Gallery win major architecture prizes
The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Courtesy the WAG. Photo: Ernest Mayer. The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Courtesy the WAG. Photo: Ernest Mayer.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery reopened on Tuesday. Its first two days were dedicated to access for frontline workers. The Province of Manitoba permitted galleries, museums and libraries to reopen on Monday—under certain conditions. (Winnipeg Art Gallery)

Canadian Barry Blitt wins Pulitzer Prize for his New Yorker illustrations. Blitt, who studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, won in the editorial cartooning category. (Pulitzer Prizes)

Remai Modern and Polygon Gallery honoured with Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Toronto architecture firm KPMB led the design for the Remai Modern. The jury called it “a monumental statement about the continuing importance of art in Saskatoon.” The Polygon was designed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver, and the jury noted the structure generated “interaction between passersby and art-goers, lowering the boundary between elite art activities and daily life.” (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada)

Capture Photography Festival has created a new Printing Prize, to be awarded annually starting in 2021. The prize will provide $10,000 toward the production of an artist’s work at Studio f604, a fine-art photographic studio in Vancouver. (Capture Photography Festival)

International artists announced to participate in a new digital residency. Contemporary Calgary’s latest Collider residency—previously only available in person—will span six weeks from May 4, and will be facilitated via virtual interactions and workshops. Participants are Dawn Weleski, Cherrie Yu, Catalina Tuca and Stephanie Mei Huang in the US; Orsolya Gal in Romania; Matthew Waddell and Laura Anzola in Canada; Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky in Canada and the US; Yotam Peled in Germany; Huidi Xiang in China; and Vishal Kumaraswamy in India. (Contemporary Calgary)

The Musée d’art de Joliette has created a “Quarantined Museum.” Each week the public is invited to participate by creating an original work that reacts to the theme, and then sending it in, to partake in a virtual exhibition. All submitted projects will be exhibited on the museum’s website. (MAJ)