Feature Art Fair, which will debut in Toronto this fall, has announced its first exhibitor list. Positioning itself in direct competition with Canada’s only other leading art fair — Art Toronto — Feature aims to distinguish itself through a singular focus on contemporary art and limited roster of galleries.
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Last Spring, the Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) took to the Supreme Court following an eleven-year battle with the National Gallery of Canada to reach an agreement on copyright laws and artist fees. Now it looks as like it has landed an important victory. The collective — which serves Canadian artists much like a union, and calls itself “the national voice” of Canada’s professional artists — has been issued a unanimous decision from the bench that allows an appeal on behalf of artists. (more…)
The Montreal art world has finally hatched its darling, the Montreal Biennial. Absorbing the critically-acclaimed Quebec Triennial, last year, and following the previous biennial’s sudden reform, a sense of anticipatory calm has set in as the event positions itself nationally (“finally, a Canadian biennial!”) and readies itself for international regard. ARTINFO Canada spoke to the biennial’s four curators — Gregory Burk, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone, and Mark Lanctôt — and biennial director Sylvie Fortin during Frieze week and just before their international press announcement of the biennial’s artists. Nerves were audible, and passion clear.
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.
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…)