Adam Gopnik to Announce 2011 Sobey Art Award



September 28, 2011—HALIFAX, NS —Internationally-acclaimed author, essayist, cultural observer and famed New Yorker art critic and contributor, Adam Gopnik will host this year’s Sobey Art Award announcement ceremony at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax on Thursday October 13, 2011. The following night, he will be presenting a Massey Lecture in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn. This year marks the 50th anniversary of CBC’s Massey Lectures which air on the prestigious radio series: IDEAS.

The six artists from five regions shortlisted for the 2011 Sobey Art Award are: Charles Stankievech, West Coast & Yukon; Sarah Anne Johnson, Prairies & the North; Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Ontario; Manon De Pauw, Quebec and Zeke Moores, Atlantic. An exhibition of their work is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until January 8, 2012.

Born in Philadelphia, Adam Gopnik grew up in Montreal and received his BA in Art History from McGill University. He is the author of the international bestseller Paris to the Moon (2000);  Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006) and Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009) His latest book, Steps Across the Water is due to be published in November. He has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986 and has come to be known as one of the wittiest interpreters of contemporary life writing today. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. His book commissioned for this year’s CBC Massey Lectures is called: Winter: Five Windows on the Season. He is lecturing on each chapter in five different cities – chapter two will happen in Halifax on Friday October 14, 2011. After spending five years in Paris, France, Adam Gopnik now lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

"I have long been a fan of Mr. Gopnik’s writing,” said Ray Cronin, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is delighted that he will be participating in Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award. Having a host of Mr. Gopnik’s international stature here at the birthplace of the Award is particularly thrilling” he added.

The members of the 2011 Sobey Art Award curatorial panel are Bruce Johnson, Curator of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, NL; Gaëtane Verna, Director and Chief Curator, Musée d’art de Joliette, QC; Marnie Fleming, Curator of Contemporary Art, Oakville Art Galleries, ON; Ryan Doherty, Curator, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, AB and Mary Bradshaw, Gallery Director, Yukon Arts Centre, YT.

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About The Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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