David Altmejd awarded 2009 Sobey Art Award

Sobey Art Award

October 27, 2009

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

The Curatorial Panel of the 2009 Sobey Art Award announced on Thursday, October 15, 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.

The 2009 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel comprises: Liz Wylie, Curator, Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, Director, Visual Arts – The Banff Centre; Ivan Jurakic, Curator, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Déry, Director, Galerie de l’UQAM; Terry Graff, Curator & Deputy Director; Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

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 USD in prize money is awarded annually; 50,000 USD to the winner and 5,000 USD 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.

The Sobey Art Award has partnered with Bravo! as the exclusive television sponsor for the annual Award in both 2009 and 2010. Bravo! is providing extensive editorial coverage and a special episode airing November 21 at 6 p.m. Arts and Minds is also available on-demand online at Bravo.ca.

FedEx Custom Critical is the official transportation sponsor for the Award by supplying art transportation services for the Sobey Art Award Exhibition.

David Altmejd was born in Montréal in 1974. He lives and works in New York. He has degrees in visual art from UQAM (BA, 1998) and Columbia University (MFA, 2001). He has held solo exhibitions in Québec (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2007), Skol and Optica (2003), Clark (1998), B-312 (1999), in the United States (Andrea Rosen Gallery, since 2004), Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera House (2008) and in Europe (Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, since 2006), the Magasin in Grenoble (2009) and the Fundació La Caixa Museum, Barcelone (2007). David Altmejd has participated in the Liverpool Biennial (2008), the Whitney Biennial (2004) and the Istanbul Biennale (2003) as well as in many important group shows: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008), Guggenheim Bilbao (2008), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2007-08), Kunsthalle Bonn (2007), Kunstmuseum Bern (2006), Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2006) and Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2005). Altmejd was representing Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale where he has shown two monumental works: The Index (since now acquired by the Art Galllery of Ontario, ) and The Giant 2. David Altmejd has, in just a few years, attracted interest from contemporary art critics and specialists on the international scene. He is represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York) and Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London).

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For further information:
Bernard Doucet, Director of Development, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
(902) 223-7246
doucetbj [​at​] gov.ns.ca