INFORMATION ON THE PRIZE
The HUGO BOSS PRIZE has established itself as a significant forum for recognizing achievement in contemporary art. The PRIZE is the fruit of longterm cooperation between HUGO BOSS and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Founded in 1996, the HUGO BOSS PRIZE carries an award of $ 100,000 and is administered by the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2010 the HUGO BOSS PRIZE will be awarded for the eigth time.
Innovation and creativity are the sole criteria applied by a distinguished international jury comprised of museum directors, curators, and critics. There are no restrictions in terms of age, gender, nationality or media.
The first winner of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE in 1996 was American artist Matthew Barney, followed in 1998 by the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon. The HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2000 was awarded to Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrŏ, in 2002 to the French artist Pierre Huyghe, in 2004 to the Thai artist Rikrit Tiravanija and in 2006 to the English artist Tacita Dean. In the year 2008 the award winner was the Palestinian artist Emily Jacir and in 2010 the german artist Hans-Peter Feldmann.
Nancy Spector, is Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle, Richard Prince and other artists. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lawrence Weiner as well as a special exhibition on the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney. Spector was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennial in 1998.
Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, joined the curatorial staff of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1995. She has organized numerous exhibitions including projects by the Hugo Boss Prize winners Rirkrit Tiravanija (2005), Tacita Dean (2007), and Emily Jacir (2009) as well as Phoebe Washburn: Regulated Fool’s Milk Meadow (2007) and Julie Mehretu: Grey Area (2009) for Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D is Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the first Asian art curatorship ever created at a modern and contemporary art museum in the west. She is internationally recognized for her landmark exhibitions and publications, such as The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 (2009) and Cai Guo-Qiang; I Want to Believe (2008), which was the second-best attended exhibition in the museum’s history. Its catalogue won the 2008 Wittenborn Prize for outstanding scholarship, design, and production.
Yasmil Raymond is Curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York. More recently, she was Associate Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2004-2009) where she organized exhibitions of works by Tomás Saraceno (2009), Tino Sehgal (2007) and Kara Walker (2007, with Philippe Vergne); and the group exhibition Statements: Beuys, Flavin, Judd (2008) and Brave New Worlds (2007, with Doryun Chong). She is currently organizing the group exhibition Abstract Resistance opening in February 2010 at the Walker Art Center.
Udo Kittelmann is Director of the Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. From 1987 to 1993 he worked as a freelance curator and since then he has organized more then 100 exhibitions on contemporary art. From 1994 to 2001 he was the Director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne). In 2001, he was the Commissioner for the German Pavillion at the Venice Biennial and between 2002 and 2008, was the Director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt (MMK). Since fall 2008, when he was appointed as Director of the Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, he has been responsible for the Alte Nationalgalerie and Neue Nationalgalerie, the Museum Berggruen and the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, among other institutions.
Tirdad Zolghadr is an independent writer and curator based in Berlin. He writes for Frieze magazine and teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York. As a curator Zolghadr most recently organized the national pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, Venice Biennale 09, and the long-term project Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (with Nav Haq). Zolghadr is a curatorial advisor to the Artist Pension Trust and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. His first novel Softcore was published in 2007 (Telegram Books, translations in German, Italian, French). He is currently writing his second one, Top Ten.
Each juror is invited to nominate five artists for consideration. Over two days of deliberations, during which written and visual materials are reviewed and the work on each nominated artist is discussed, a short list of six artists is agreed upon by the jury members.
The award is given to an artist whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art.
The HUGO BOSS PRIZE sets no restrictions in terms of age, gender, race, nationality, or medium, and the nominations may include young, emerging artists as well as established individuals whose public recognition may be long overdue.
The HUGO BOSS PRIZE jury consists of two members of the Guggenheim’s curatorial staff and three curators or directors from other art institutions. The jury is intended to be “international” in scope, but cannot be exhaustive in its representation of global culture. Its members change each time the award is granted.
The jurors are invited to nominate up to ten artists for consideration. The purpose of the prize is to identify an artist whose work—in any medium—has come to exemplify a significant new development in contemporary art, one that is generating international cultural reverberations. Such an undertaking requires that each jury define for itself which current cultural trends seem to most incisive, and which of them promise to endure beyond the present.
Because it does not discriminate by age, gender, or nationality, the award can honor a younger, even emerging, artist or provide the long-over-due acknowledgement of an established individual.
Over a lengthy deliberation, during which written and visual materials are reviewed and the work on each nominated artist is discussed, a short list of six artists is agreed upon by the jury members.
In the months before the final selection is made, the jurors become as familiar with the artists’ oeuvre as possible before meeting again to determine the winner.
According to the HUGO BOSS PRIZE criteria, the winning artist will have realized the highest level of aesthetic achievement while demonstrating a sustained and coherent vision.
The award may recognize the collective work or a particular body of work of an artist rather than a particular painting, sculpture, installation, photography, or video.
As in any award for contemporary art, each HUGO BOSS PRIZE winner and list of finalists will reflect the opinions and interests of the individuals comprising the jury.
The goal when creating the trophy for THE HUGO BOSS PRIZE was to move away from traditional trophy designs and create something out-standingly unusual and futuristic. The result was an organically-shaped tetrahedron with an orb at its core. Consequently the trophy is con-structed of two elements. It has neither a top nor a bottom, neither front nor back. It looks equally impressive from every perspective.
Drawings and colored sketches formed he initial stage of the execution (see trophy photo). The trophy's dimensions and proportions were calculated by means of two-dimensional computer drawings. With the aid of special software applications, it was then displayed virtually - in three dimensions - to determine the precise proportions for the tools and casting work. A mold was then created to sand cast the trophy (see mold photo). The hollow areas inside the mold were then filled with liquid aluminum.
The resulting aluminum sections were then smoothed, polished and finished by hand. In a fourth step the four aluminum sections were then fitted together with the glass orb at their center…at which point the trophy was ready for presentation to the proud winner.
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