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The week ahead, opportunities and observations
Saturday 3 December 2016

Image: Roger D'Souza

Artsy anniversary

Happy birthday, Goma! Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art is 10 and celebrating in style in it’s clean, lean, mean, glassy and broad-eved building. Helping to blow out the candles will be a roll-call of Australia’s brightest-eyed contemporary artists, notably Queensland’s own wonderwoman Judy Watson (of the arresting, vibrant, pattern-heavy pieces, like Pucci on acid), who’s presenting a major new piece of public art. Elsewhere Goma ambassadors – from fashion designers to schoolchildren and good old artists themselves – will be smiling sweetly. As well they should: Goma has been a fabulous addition to Australia’s thriving art scene.

Image: Dean & Deluca

Designer deli

Gourmet market Dean and Deluca has been a steadfast fixture on Prince Street in Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhod since 1977. At this week’s Design Miami fair the beloved deli revealed a prototype for a new fast-food concept designed by renowned German architect Ole Scheeren. After its Miami debut, the high-end takeaway counter unveiled as “Stage” is set to open in a number of cities across the US. Made of two corresponding rectangular stainless-steel structures, one floating above the other, the eye-catching counter is topped with a white Corian surface and showcases Dean and Deluca’s dishes in an interactive manner that puts chef and customer front and centre. “We’ve given it a lot of space because it is like a public plaza at the fair,” says Rodman Primack, creative director of Design Miami.

Image: Roberto Machado Noa/Getty Images

Frequent flyers

Travellers to Canada will know that Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is already the busiest in the country. Now a new report from the airport’s operators is outlining a way to turn it into a mega hub, doubling the number of passengers who make their way through the airport to 80 million a year by 2035, while creating jobs and boosting tourism. The report makes the case for everything from streamlining roads and freeways in the airport’s district to additional federal funding for the transport hub in order to speed up security checkpoints, customs and immigration inspections. The report also appeals to the government to reconsider its visa requirements so that more people can use Pearson to make connections en route to other countries. The airport currently supports flights to more than 180 destinations around the world.

State of the art

Collectors of Filipino art will gather at the León Gallery in Manila today for an auction of more than 100 paintings by modern masters and emerging talents. Pick of the lot is “La Inocencia” by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo: the painting of a Parisian girl at the turn of the 20th century has been in the private collection of the same Manila family for more than a century. Other notable pieces include works by late national artists Hernando Ocampo and Ang Kiukok. León Gallery, alongside Salcedo Auctions, has been the driving force behind the development of the Manila auction market. But with the growing buzz around Filipino art it won’t be long until the big international houses establish a permanent presence in the fast-growing Philippine capital. Up-and-coming contemporary artists featured in today’s auction include Andres Barrioquinto, who recently had a show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and Maria Taniguchi, who is currently exhibiting at Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong.

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