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Sobey Finalists 2009: David Altmejd

David Altmejd  <I>The Settler</I>  2005  Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery and Stuart Shave Modern Art  © David Altmejd David Altmejd The Settler 2005 Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery and Stuart Shave Modern Art © David Altmejd

David Altmejd <I>The Settler</I> 2005 Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery and Stuart Shave Modern Art © David Altmejd

David Altmejd definitively grabbed the attention of the international art scene with his spectacular installation The Index at the 2007 Venice Biennale. But even prior to that he had been exhibiting his complex, crystal-inflected sculptures to great acclaim at home and abroad. In the 2009 Sobey Art Award, Altmejd is representing the region of Quebec. This 10-image slide portfolio traces his artwork from 2005 to the present day.

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This article was first published online on September 10, 2009.


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