January 9 | Elizabeth Bick is the 2017 recipient of the Rudin Prize for emerging photographers
The Rudin Prize goes to Elizabeth Bick, Phillips widens its reach to Brazil, and Central Saint Martins teams up with Tate.
Elizabeth Bick wins Rudin Prize
The Norton Museum of Art in Florida has chosen New-York based artist Elizabeth Bick as the winner of the Rudin Prize.
Endowed with $20,000, the prize recognizes emerging artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary photography. The Norton Museum’s curator of photography Tim B. Wride called Bick a pioneer in her field, stating: “Her careful examination of movement through performance art and choreography allows Bick to forge a niche in the photographic medium.” Bick’s work, along with that of fellow nominees Clare Benson and Alexandra Hunts, will be on display at the museum through January 15. More via Artforum.
New Year new Phillips
Phillips has appointed Cândida Sodré as its regional director for Brazil.
Sodré was previously director of Christie’s Rio de Janeiro office. Through her appointment, the auction house seeks to further capitalize on the growing Latin American art market. Between 2009 and 2015, the auction sales of Phillips’ Latin American art department increased by more than 300%. Sodré is one of a number of similar appointments the company has made in the past year, with regional directors being added in Los Angeles, Seattle, Mexico City, Cologne, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. More information on Artforum.
Phillips’ is kicking off 2017 with a private sales exhibition of Gerhard Richter paintings in New York.
Entitled “Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild”, it is Phillips’ largest private sales exhibition yet. Opening on January 14, the exhibition gathers 11 abstract works by the German painter with a combined value of €95 million. Nine of the works are for sale, with prices ranging from around $50,000 for a print to $25 million for a painting. Bloomberg has more.
New artist representations
The estate of American artist Ruth Asawa is now exclusively represented by David Zwirner.
Asawa rose to fame in the 1950s with her hanging wire sculptures and later became a passionate advocate for art education, joining the San Francisco Arts Commision in 1968. She is also known for the numerous public fountains she designed in the San Francisco Bay area, which earned her the epithet “fountain lady.” The Estate was acquired for the gallery by Jonathan Laib, who joined David Zwirner as director this month and was previously Senior Vice President at Christie’s. More details are available on the gallery’s website.
Cage Grid (Komplettes Set), 2011, © Phillips
Central Saint Martins pops up in Tate Modern
Responding to the ongoing threat to British arts education, students and staff at London’s Central Saint Martins will create a temporary art school at Tate Modern’s Switch House this week.
The series of workshops, lectures and classes organized by the London art school will run until January 15. The initiative is part of the Tate Exchange scheme, an ambitious public programme that invites 53 project partners — including universities and charities — to organize a number of events at the Switch House in Tate Modern in 2017. The Art Newspaper has further information.