The finalists for the 2010 Sobey Art Award were announced today. The artists, selected by a jury from each region of Canada, are competing for the Award’s $50,000 top prize. Bendan Tang may be the newest kid on the block, but our money’s on Duke & Battersby or the excellent Daniel Barrow, who was passed over in 2008. Do we have wonderful artists in this country, or what?
The 2010 Sobey Art Prize shortlist:
• West Coast and Yukon: Brendan Lee Satish Tang
A work by Brendan Lee Satish Tang. Image: illusion.scene360.com
• Prairies and The North: Daniel Barrow
Daniel Barrow, In my head, 2004. Image: three-walls.org
• Ontario: Brendan Fernandes
A work by Brendan Fernandes. Image: momentaart.org
• Québec: Patrick Bernatchez
Patrick Bernatchez, I Feel Cold Today, 2007. Video still. Image: canadianart.ca
• Atlantic: Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
An image from Beauty Plus Pity, by Duke & Battersby. Image: rochestercitynewspaper.com
For more info on the Sobey Art Prize, please click HERE.
(On a side note, we applaud Rufus Wainwright for facing the critics with his tepid opera Prima Donna, which premiered last night in Toronto. We found it desperately, and surprisingly, lacking in visual stimulation. The music – and the singing – were very good in parts, though.)