After being very Euro-centric the last couple days, today’s biggest art news—half happy, half sad—comes from Canada. Firstly, CBC News reports that Cincinnati-born, Halifax-based conceptual artist and professor Gerald Ferguson died on October 8 at the age of 72. Ferguson taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from 1968 through 2006, where he was an important developer, promoter and teacher of conceptual art.
On the happier, more New York-related side of things Canadian and artsy, the Globe and Mail reports that David Altmejd has received the 2009 Sobey Art Award. The $50,000 prize is awarded to emerging Canadian artists, and though the New York-based 35 year-old isn’t exactly emerging—he represented Canada at the 2006 Venice Biennale and is handled by the big-wigs at Andrea Rosen Gallery in Chelsea—his haunting and spectacular sculptures and installations (pictured) certainly deserve recognition.