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  • State of the Art: The 2016 Sobey Art Award Longlist

    State of the Art: The 2016 Sobey Art Award Longlist

    On April 13, 2016, the National Gallery of Canada announced the longlist for the Sobey Art Award. From the conceptual work of artists like Raymond Boisjoly and Derek Sullivan to the perfomance-based work of Meryl McMaster and Lisa Lipton, to artists like Brenda Draney (painting), Jessica Eaton (photography), and Karen Tam (installation) who put a new spin on traditional media, the Sobey Art Award longlist not only serves as something of a who’s who in Canadian contemporary art, but also takes the pulse of current art practices across the country.

    By Sheila Singhal
    Posted: April 26, 2016
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  • The Sobey Art Award Moves to the National Gallery of Canada

    The Sobey Art Award Moves to the National Gallery of Canada

    As the Sobey Art Foundation seeks to expand its national and international influence, the Sobey Art Award is moving to the National Gallery of Canada. Rob Sobey, Donald’s son and Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, which funds the Award, explained the move as the “logical next step” in the process of building what has become Canada’s most significant contemporary art prize.

    By Katherine Stauble, NGC Staff
    Posted: February 04, 2016
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  • Abbas Akhavan Wins 2015 Sobey Art Award

    Abbas Akhavan Wins 2015 Sobey Art Award

    Upon winning the 2015 Sobey Art Award, Abbas Akhavan told NGC Magazine that the recognition makes him want to give back. "Generosity begets generosity, and my ambition is that we can all reciprocate. Not just in the arts, but in life in general.”

    By Shannon Moore
    Posted: November 02, 2015
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  • Canada’s Latest Contender for Britain’s Top Art Award

    Canada’s Latest Contender for Britain’s Top Art Award

    For the second time in two years, a Canadian-born artist has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious and talked-about art awards: the Turner Prize. Born in Toronto and based in London, Janice Kerbel has been singled out for her operatic work, DOUG (2014).

    By Peter Zimonjic, NGC Staff
    Posted: July 27, 2015
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  • What was, what is now, and what could possibly be: A Look at the Finalists for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award

    What was, what is now, and what could possibly be: A Look at the Finalists for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award

    “All three of them are very interested in history,” says Andrea Kunard. “How we remember things or how we don’t; how photography can be a transcription of events for the future, but also leaves so much unspoken.” Yet, she adds, “they are all very different in their approaches to photography and have produced distinct bodies of work.” Kunard, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, is referring to the shortlisted photographers for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award: Rafael Goldchain, Angela Grauerholz, and Isabelle Hayeur.

    By Robyn Jeffrey
    Posted: May 07, 2015
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  • Canadian Artist Ciara Phillips, Finalist for the 2014 Turner Prize

    Canadian Artist Ciara Phillips, Finalist for the 2014 Turner Prize

    The Turner Prize, set up in 1984, is an annual contemporary art prize awarded to a British artist under the age of 50 for an exhibition or presentation of their work in the year leading up to the award’s announcement. This year, Ottawa-born artist Ciara Philips was nominated for her exhibition Workshop 2010 Ongoing.

    By Peter Zimonjic, NGC Staff
    Posted: December 08, 2014
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