Sobey Art Award Shortlist Exhibition is Full of Winners
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto October 24 to December 30, 2012
POSTED: OCTOBER 30, 2012
Sarah Fillmore of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has done a spectacular job in setting up this year’s exhibition of Sobey Art Award shortlisted artists at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. The quality is so high—and even—that one does not envy the hard choice that this year’s jury will have to make on November 16.
The jury includes curators Bruce Grenville of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Ryan Doherty of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, David Liss of MOCCA, Louise Déry of Galerie de l’UQAM and David Diviney of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Marking the 10th anniversary edition of the Sobey Art Award, they will have to choose between Gareth Moore, fresh from this summer’s Documenta exhibition, who is shortlisted for the West Coast and Yukon; Derek Sullivan, whose work made an appearance at London’s Frieze Art Fair this month and is representing Ontario; Eleanor King, a fresh, impressive artist from Halifax with a firm grasp on monumental scale, who is showing for the Atlantic region; Jason de Haan for the Prairies and the North, who continues to evolve a magical, literary-minded brand of sculpture; and Quebec’s Raphaëlle de Groot, who has been behind some of Canada’s most impressive conceptual performance works in recent years.
Together, these artists are vying for $70,000 in prize money from Canada’s richest prize for contemporary art. If there is a show that deserves to travel coast to coast in Canada this year, it’s this one.