Winner of HUGO BOSS PRIZE to be announced at Guggenheim Museum in New York

Posted on 08/10/2018 by Hugo Boss
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20.10.16 Guggenheim Museum New York: Celebrating the nominated artists and the 20th anniversary of the Hugo Boss Prize

This fall HUGO BOSS and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE and announcing the winner of the award for 2016. The six shortlisted artists are: Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens, Wael Shawky and Anicka Yi. The announcement and celebration event will take place on October 20 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The biannual HUGO BOSS PRIZE carries a stipend of USD 100,000 and is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Its aim is to honor artists whose work is among the most innovative and influential in the contemporary art world. Since its initiation in 1996 it has honored ten outstanding artists and evolved into one of the world’s most renowned accolades for contemporary art. The previous winners are: Matthew Barney (1996), Douglas Gordon (1998), Marjetica Potrč (2000), Pierre Huyghe (2002), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), Tacita Dean (2006), Emily Jacir (2008), Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010), Danh Võ (2012) and Paul Chan (2014).

The jurors for the 2016 HUGO BOSS PRIZE are Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Elena Filipovic, Director/Chief Curator, Kunsthalle Basel; Michelle Kuo, Editor-in-Chief, Artforum International; and Pablo Leon de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Hugo Boss Prize: Information on the Nominated Artists for 2016

TANIA BRUGUERA (born in 1968, Havana) lives and works in a variety of cities depending on the location of her long-term projects. In her politically driven, performance-based social practice, Bruguera activates communities through participatory projects that she categorizes as arte útil (useful art). Bruguera’s activism draws attention to injustice and advocates social change, as in the Immigrant Movement International, which operates as a community center representing the interests of immigrant populations in Queens, New York.

MARK LECKEY (born in 1964, Birkenhead, UK) lives and works in London. Leckey’s fluid practice ranges across video, sculpture, music, performance, installations, and the exhibition format. His work unravels the entwined forces of desire, imagination, and cultural allegiance that shape our everyday experience, absorbing both rarified and lowbrow references into a unique artistic vocabulary.

RALPH LEMON (born 1952, Cincinnati) lives and works in New York. Lemon is a choreographer, writer, director, and visual artist whose interdisciplinary performance projects draw on political histories and personal relationships to illuminate the complexity and raw beauty of the human experience. Lemon combines dance, film, text, music, and sculptural installation in evocative programs that explore the themes of identity, loss, and the body.

LAURA OWENS (born in 1970, Euclid, Ohio) lives and works in Los Angeles. For the past two decades, Owens’s influential work has questioned the parameters and possibilities for making and viewing painting today. She has continually shifted the terms of her practice, incorporating figuration, abstraction, digital techniques, and gestural mark making into multivalent compositions that confound expectations of pictorial space.

WAEL SHAWKY (born in 1971, Alexandria, Egypt) lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. Shawky works in multiple mediums – notably film, performance, sculpture, and drawing – to locate the roots of current geopolitical realities in the distant and heavily mediated past. Describing himself as a translator of cultural narratives and assumptions, he draws on mythical and historical sources to create indelible visual experiences that oscillate between pathos, humor, beauty, and horror.

ANICKA YI (born in 1971, Seoul) lives and works in New York. Yi combines and contrasts organic and synthetic materials in distinctive, immersive installations that explore hybridity and entropy as their perishable elements rot, decay, and ferment. Yi’s visceral, alchemical concoctions arrest the senses; some of her projects incorporate food items and cooking processes, while others are designed to emanate carefully calibrated scents.

About the HUGO BOSS Arts Program

With the aim of encouraging an exchange between art and fashion, HUGO BOSS inaugurated its Arts Sponsorship program in 1995 as an integral part of the Company’s corporate culture. Focusing on contemporary art, HUGO BOSS has supported numerous high-profile exhibitions with the intention of inspiring people and giving leading artists a platform for their work. Examples include Georg Baselitz (1995 and 1996), Dennis Hopper (2001), Olafur Eliasson (2005), Josephine Meckseper (2007), Jeff Koons (2012) and Konstantin Grcic (2014). Moreover, HUGO BOSS has initiated two independent awards to support extraordinary talents and emphasize their contributions to the arts. Founded in 1996 in cooperation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum in New York, the HUGO BOSS PRIZE has become one of the world‘s most renowned accolades for visionary contributions to contemporary art. The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award, introduced in 2013 and conceived and curated by the Rockbund Art Museum, focuses on promoting young and emerging contemporary artists in Asia.

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