Well, it’s down to five.
Who will win the $70,000 Sobey Art Prize this year?
After last years win by Vancouver superstar Tim Lee (stolen, we think, from Winnipeg’s excellent Daniel Barrow) and won the year before by Montrealer Michel de Broin (who we interviewed HERE and whose pedal powered Buick we covered HERE), this year it’s down to this group:
WEST COAST AND YUKON: Luanne Martineau, whose fuzzy felted pieces we really like for their craft element and references to Minimal art and painters like Philip Guston.
Luanne Martineau, Dangler, 2008. Image: akimbo.ca
PRAIRIES AND THE NORTH: Marcel Dzama, he of the much-copied naive drawings that were so much in vogue several years ago. From Winnipeg, where he lived, Dzama seemingly influenced all of Brooklyn. Now he lives in New York and shows with David Zwirner Gallery, where he’s been making sort of awkward dioramas.
A Marcel Dzama drawing. Image: ffffound.com
ONTARIO: Shary Boyle. Her perfectly crafted, spookily Gothic porcelain figurines are, in a word, exquisite.
One of Shary Boyle’s figurines. Image: mocoloco.com
QUEBEC: David Altmejd, whom you know, surely, from his giant monster/shattered mirror installation at the Canada pavilion at the last Venice Biennale. He’s in New York, too showing with Andrea Rosen gallery.
A work by David Altmejd. Image: bevelandboss.blogspot.com
ATLANTIC: Graeme Patterson (Click the link to see a funny little video of the artist, dancing). He’s the underdog, maybe in this group. Patterson makes quirky, ambitious installations, one of which we wrote about in THIS article for the Globe, at the Toronto International Art Fair a few years ago.
Graeme Patterson, The Deer, 2006. Image: ciac.ca
For more info on the Sobey Art Prize, please click HERE.