Following the announcement earlier this year that the Sobey Art Award prize money would increase by 50 percent, the Nova Scotia-based Sobey Art Foundation released the 2014 longlist of nominees yesterday. The list includes 25 artists under the age of 40 and spans five regions across Canada. A curatorial panel comprised of one representative from each region will pare down the list to five finalists, announced June 4, and ultimately a single prize winner, who will be announced November 19. The winner will receive $50,000, with $10,000 going to each of the four runner-ups. The remaining 20 longlisted artists will receive $500 each.
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Canada’s Governor General has announced the 2014 winners of the esteemed Governor General’s Awards arts grants: media artist Jayce Salloum, sculptor Kim Adams, painter Carol Wainio, installation artist Max Dean, photographer Angela Grauerholz, performer Raymond Gervais, and curator Brydon Smith. Each recipient receives $25,000.
Following last year’s announcement that the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec was launching its first prize, titled the Contemporary Art Award, an inaugural winner was delivered last week. Diane Morin, a mid-career artist working in electronic and mechanical media, has received a $10,000 check in addition to a solo exhibition at the Quebec City museum, slated for 2015, and a catalogue. The museum will also acquire up to $50,000 worth of art by Morin, making this an award valued at roughly $100,000 in total.
The Sobey Art Award announced January 27 that it is expanding its purse by nearly 50 percent, solidifying the award’s position as Canada’s leading prize for contemporary artists. Formerly set at $70,000, the Sobey Foundation has increased its total sum to $100,000. The added capital will singularly affect the runners-up, which includes four short-listed artists (who formerly received $5,000 each, and will now be awarded $10,000), and twenty long-listed artists (who were previously rewarded in name alone, but now receive $500 a piece). The award’s top winner will continue to receive a $50,000 check.
Australian curator Jen Mizuik has been selected for the long-vacant role of director at the Banff Centre. Following former director Kitty Scott’s departure in 2012, the internationally-recognized hub for the exhibition and practice of contemporary art shifted its would-be leader’s job title from “director of visual arts” to “director, visual/digital arts,” a move that indicated the center’s added focus on new media. (more…)
Part documentary, part artistry, the film, “Watermark” — a collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and famed photographer Edward Burtynsky — has been awarded the Toronto Film Critics Association’s top prize. The critics group named the film, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, the latest winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at a gala in downtown Toronto Tuesday evening. (more…)
One of Canada’s longest-running alternative art publications, FUSE, issued its swan song in early 2014. Following a publishing history that dates back to 1976, the print magazine (which has turned increasingly political in recent years, though was never without its edge), released an editorial penned by current editorial director Gina Badger on January 6 that reads like a manifesto for defeat. “Along with our peer organizations within artist-run culture, FUSE has endured chronic underfunding for many years,” Badger writes. “Of the long-term effects of underfunding, the most morbid are burnout, organizational self-censorship and a loss of institutional memory.” (more…)
One of Canada’s leading auction houses reached a new record, November 28, and with it, achieved a further laurel — in a year replete with them — for the late Canadian painter Emily Carr. The Heffel Fine Art Auction House led a live auction Thursday at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel, where a rare, large-format oil painting featuring First Nations subjects and representing Carr’s mature period, “The Crazy Stair,” brought in $3.39 million, the most ever paid at auction for a work by the artist. The price — paid by an anonymous buyer — surpassed its pre-auction estimate of $1.2-1.6 million, and marks the highest amount paid for a work by a Canadian female artist and the fourth-highest price ever paid for a piece in Canadian art auction history. The auction house described the work as “indicative of the artist’s lifelong engagement with First Nations culture.” ARTINFO Canada caught-up with the auction house’s president, David Heffel, shortly after the watershed event, where overall sales totaled more than $13.5 million. (more…)
When the Art Gallery of Ontario announced Erin Shirreff the 2013 recipient of its $50,000 contemporary photography prize, November 7, following a long season of public voting, a sense of shock rippled through the crowd: the more complicated work had come out on top. Shirreff, a New York-based Canadian, works in many media, her employment of photography nuanced and reflexively critical of its own constraints. Indeed, two works on view at the AGO, “Moon” and “Lake” (both 2012), demonstrate the extent to which her practice agitates against the margins of the photographic medium. These long-duration videos portray two found photographs as they shift under the guise of projected light and an altered focus, and invest the element of time in images otherwise locked in their temporal frames. (more…)