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Grange Prize 2010: $50,000 Finalists Announced

Moyra Davey Nyro 2003 © Moyra Davey

On May 27, the Grange Prize—Canada’s largest photography award at $50,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the runners-up—announced its four finalists for 2010. Because the Grange Prize honours photographers from Canada and one other country each year, this year’s nominees are two Canadians and two Americans: Moyra Davey is a Canadian-born, New-York-area-based multidisciplinary artist and writer whose work has received increasing acclaim since a 2008 survey curated by Helen Molesworth for Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. Davey’s first European solo show opens June 17 at the Kunsthalle in Basel, with other works to be exhibited in a group exhibition at Madrid’s Reina Sofia starting in November. Kristan Horton, a Toronto artist and past nominee for the Sobey Award, is well known in Canada for his humorous investigations of technology, which can take the form of drawing, painting, photography or video and have been exhibited at the Power Plant and the Albright-Knox, among other venues. Leslie Hewitt, who was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s “New Photography 2009” exhibition and who is currently a fellow at Radcliffe, works in Houston and New York with an aim to break through photography’s flatness. And Josh Brand, a Brooklyn artist whose work was highlighted in the just-closed Whitney Biennial, is known for elegant photograms, works produced without a camera. Online voting for the prize winner will open to the public on September 22, coinciding with the opening of Grange Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The Grange Prize is the only major Canadian art prize voted on by the public, with studio visits and interviews to be posted on the prize site throughout the summer and the winners to be announced November 2.

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