Multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Shaw, winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award, is known for his edgy, highly intimate film and video depictions of altered states of being in fashion, dance, science, religion and various subcultures. Interviewed by NGC Magazine the day after his win, Shaw talks here about his fascination with out-of-body experiences.
From Cold War spies and objects falling from the sky to snake handlers, displaced persons and distorted music, this fall’s Sobey Art Award exhibition is sure to be a visual, aural and thought-provoking feast for visitors to the National Gallery of Canada.
Nicolaus Schafhausen epitomizes the definition of “international.” Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1965, he quickly established himself as an artist before launching a successful career as a global curator. This year, Schafhausen was selected as the very first international juror for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, now administered by the National Gallery of Canada.
Each year, the Sobey Art Award explores contemporary art practice in Canada, bringing artists greater attention, both at home and on the world stage. This year was no exception. Working in installation, video, sound, painting, sculpture, music, dance and land-based art, the nominees on the 2016 Award shortlist tackle today’s thorny issues — from colonial power to cultural identity, regional development to mass migration, and scientific research to political strife.
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.
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.
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