PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 May, 2012, 12:00am



'Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore' is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery from Saturday. The show explores the relationships the two sisters formed with artists of their time and features works by Matisse, Picasso (below), Gauguin and more. It runs through September.


The 12th annual NON-COMMvention has just concluded another successful run in Philadelphia. This year's three-day music industry gathering featured a diverse roster of musicians from The Walkmen, John Mayer, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Dr John and Willie Nelson (right) among many others. There was also a free concert yesterday at Penn Park.


Bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn died in his sleep while on tour in Tokyo last Sunday. The 70-year-old Memphis native (right) was one of soul/R&B's most influential bass players. He joined the Stax-Volt house band Booker T and the MGs in 1964 and in a long and distinguished career provided backing for such greats as Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Wilson Pickett and The Blues Brothers.


A sweeping showcase of Roy Lichtenstein opens on Tuesday at the Art Institute of Chicago. 'Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective' examines the entire career of the groundbreaking American pop artist and is the single largest exhibition to date. Featuring more than 160 pieces, it includes drawings, paintings and sculptures that have never been publicly displayed. The show runs until September 3.


The 'godfather of go-go' is dead. Chuck Brown, the DC area funk innovator, died in a Baltimore hospital last Wednesday. Brown (pictured) scored a hit in 1979 with Bustin' Loose, but his influence can be heard all over modern hip hop. Today people may recognise Bustin' Loose more from the sample in Nelly's Hot in Herre. The break from his song Ashley's Roachclip has been featured in more than 100 tracks.


'The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe' opened last Thursday at the Wallace Collection in London. The show approaches the weapon as a representation of changing masculine identity and class shifts in 16th and 17th century Europe and brings together ornate daggers, rapiers and costumes with other blade-related artworks. Until September 16.