Posted on October 9th, 2010 by .

Your chance to see the best and the brightest. FREE! Montreal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain is showing top young Canadian artists thanks to the Sobey Art Award.

The Sobey Art Award was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. The Award is presented annually to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within the 18 months prior to being nominated.

Organized in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Musée d’Art Contemporain (known locally as ‘the MAC’) is presenting pieces by the four Quebec artists nominated for the Award, as well as the work of finalist Patrick Bernatchez ( picture above).  The prize is not only prestigious – it is pricey:  the winner receives $50,000.  Each finalist receives $5,000. The Quebec semifinalists being showcased are Pascal Grandmaison, BGL, Adad Hannah and Karen Tam.

BGL Collective is renowned mainly for its large-scale site-specific installations, which comment on work and play – a perfect commentary on the lifestyle of Montrealers, I might add!  Pascal Grandmaison’s films and still photographs are meditation on time and visual perception.  Adad Hannah transposes historical paintings and sculptures into videos and photographs with a contemporary angle.  His The Burghers of Calais, a riff on Rodin’s famed sculpture, will be shown.  Karen Tam’s works centre on the history of the Chinese diaspora, and the conflicted continuing relationships between East and West. This show is a great way to glimpse the creativity of young artists.

MEET THE FINALISTS IN PERSON    November 17, 2010.  5 p.m. Free.

Sobey Award finalists Brendan Lee Satish Tang (West Coast and Yukon), Brendan Fernandes (Ontario), Patrick Bernatchez (Quebec), Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (Atlantic)

Daniel Barrow (Prairies and The North) will perform at 7:30 pm.

A fun thing to do? Attend this fun event and try and guess who will be announced as the winner – tomorrow. November 18!

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

185, Ste-Catherine West
/ corner Jeanne Mance

Montréal Qc


Credits : Patrick Bernatchez

BW (Black Watch), 2010


You have to try Brasserie T. (sister bistrot to Montreal’s starred Toqué restaurant) Right next door. (I love…did I say love !…their fries. Oh, and the bavette is pretty good as well.)   The brainchild of Montreal top chef Normand Laprise (of Toqué fame) and Christine Lamarche, this new hotspot is in the Quartier des Spectacles and has received raves since opening a few months ago. Reservations are a must!

Brasserie T

425 Jeanne Mance  Open every day from 11h30



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