2012 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

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© Geoffrey James, In front of the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1992, gelatin silver print, 37.8 x 46.1 cm. Collection of the artist and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

© Geoffrey James, In front of the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1992, gelatin silver print, 37.8 x 46.1 cm. Collection of the artist and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

Canada Council for the Arts announced the eight Canadian recipients of the 2012 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts earlier this week. Among those honoured is photographer Geoffrey James. James’ work began with a focus on European formal gardens in the 1970s; since then his photographic art has explored the architecture of F.L. Olmsted, asbestos mining in Québec, the US–Mexican border and international urban environments.

© Geoffrey James, Partial View of the United States-Mexico Border with Otay Mesa, San Diego County, in the Foreground and Mesa de Otay. Tijuana, in the Background, 1997, gelatin silver print, 46.1 x 57.9 cm. Collection of the artist

© Geoffrey James, Partial View of the United States-Mexico Border with Otay Mesa, San Diego County, in the Foreground and Mesa de Otay. Tijuana, in the Background, 1997, gelatin silver print, 46.1 x 57.9 cm. Collection of the artist

Each of the recipients of the award will receive a $25,000 prize and a medallion from the Royal Canadian Mint. From March 30 through June 17, the National Gallery of Canada will feature a special corresponding exhibition to celebrate these artists’ achievements. Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts Robert Sirman said, “These awards celebrate artists who have played a key role in shaping the Canada of today, and who continue to have a lasting and positive impact on our culture.”

One Comment

  1. Tom / March 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm / Reply

    Excellent choice. James work is so understated, excellent, thoughtful. It’s about time the man received his due.

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