David Altmejd. In the Wolfson Room at Tate Liverpool. Part of MADE UP, the Liverpool Biennial International 08 exhibition. Photograph by Adatabase
David Altmejd - 'The Holes'. In the Wolfson Room at Tate Liverpool. Part of MADE UP, the Liverpool Biennial International 08 exhibition. Photograph by Adatabase

2009 Sobey Art Award Winner Announced – David Altmejd to Receive $50,000 Award

HALIFAX, Oct. 15 /CNW/ – The Curatorial Panel of the 2009 Sobey Art Award announced today, during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, that David Altmejd, representing Quebec, has been selected to receive the 2009 Sobey Art Award.

Altmejd was chosen from a shortlist of 5 Canadian artists, including: for the Prairies and The North: Marcel Dzama; for Ontario: Shary Boyle; and for the Atlantic: Graeme Patterson.

The curatorial panel stated: “After spirited discussion the curatorial committee unanimously selected David Altmejd as the 2009 Sobey Art Award Winner. His singular vision is overwhelmingly present to the jury. Altmejd’s sculpture represents the pursuit of metamorphosis and mutation as a means of releasing energy.”

Altmejd’s piece, “The Settler”, is featured with selected work from the shortlisted artists in an exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, running from September 5 to November 5 of 2009.

ABOUT THE SOBEY ART AWARD

The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The conditions of the award, that the recipient, be under 40, are odd to me. Many fine artists start their careers later in life, especially women who chose to have family first then career. So I find that this award is ageist and misogynist. I see no purpose in an age restriction any more than I would see one for gender or colour. I find therefore that since we no longer live in a 1950’s world where mid career equals mid life, this award is not representative of the arts community, nor is it “Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art”. I find it to be very conservative and illiberal in the extreme.

  2. I think maybe you’re overstating things. All awards have criteria this one just happens to favour younger people, if that’s what the organisers want then why not? It could have been limited to just painting or just video, thereby discrimminating against installation artists and others. Nothing to stop someone creating an award for other people.
    I know very little about the Canadian art scene though, probably saying its the preeminent award is also overstatement and hype.

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