June 9 | Awards far and wide...
As Art Basel announce Astha Butail as winner of the BMW Art Journey Award, Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta are named winners of the upcoming 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards. Meanwhile, estate of the late Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni is to be acquired by Hauser & Wirth.
Astha Butail wins BMW Art Journey Award
Indian artist Astha Butail has been selected as the next BMW Art Journey Award winner at Art Basel for her project In the Absence of Writing, which is concerned with memory and living traditions passed down through storytelling. The BMW Art Journey award will enable Butail to go on a unique journey of creative discovery, providing the artist with a mobile studio that will take her “almost anywhere in the world – to develop new ideas, discover new themes, and envision new creative projects.”
In addition to Ashta Butail, the shortlisted artists from the Discoveries sector for emerging artists at Art Basel in Hong Kong were Julian Charrière represented by Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin and Lin Ke represented by BANK, Shanghai. Further details here
Astha Butail, Turning Towards Pure White (2017) © GALLERYSKE
Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta win 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards
Each receiving $25,000 in support of the creation of a new moving-image work, Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards. On their completion, the works will be exhibited at the Jerwood Space in South London, April 6 through June 3, before touring the UK, in an exhibition titled “Unintended Consequences” — addressing how well-intended actions can provoke unexpected side effects. The jury was this year comprised of Noor Afshan Mirza, artist and cofounder of no.w.here; George Vasey, Turner Prize 2017 curator; Steven Bode, director of FVU; and Sarah Williams, head of Program at Jerwood Visual Arts.
Maeve Brennan, The Drift (2017)
Guest judge Hans Ulrich Obrist revealed for Le Prix Meurice 2017/2018, along with six finalists
The six finalists have been revealed for the 2017/2018 edition of contemporary art prize, Le Prix Meurice. Overall winner of the 10th edition will be revealed October 9. The selected artist include: Morgan Courtois, Galerie Balice Hertling; Cédric Fargues, New Galerie; Théo Mercier, Galerie Bugada & Cargnel; Eva Nielsen, Jousse Entreprise and Mel O’Callaghan, Galerie Allen.
The winner will receive 10,000 euros, with the respective gallery receiving the same amount, which will enable the artist to embark upon a project abroad. New to the jury this year is curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, invited as guest of honor. Last year’s 2016/2017 edition of Le Prix Meurice, saw French artist Lola Gonzàlez awarded.
Lola Gonzàlez, Veridis Quo (2016)
Piero Manzoni to be represented by Hauser & Wirth
The Fondazione Piero Manzoni in Milan has announced that Hauser & Wirth will now represent the estate of the late conceptual artist Piero Manzoni.
Though the artist did not live to see the age of thirty, Piero Manzoni certainly made an impression on the art world with his profoundly witty work such as Artist’s Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961), a series of works that saw the Italian artist supposedly can his own excrement, “with no added preservatives.” With a solo show scheduled for fall 2018 at the gallery’s 22nd Street New York space, Hauser & Wirth hope to create a new online version of Manzoni’s catalogue raisonné, to be published in the next two years. Details via ARTNEWS
Piero Manzoni, Artist’s Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961)
Hemma Schmutz to lead Lentos Kunstmuseum
After an international search, Hemma Schmutz has been appointed director of the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Austria’s most celebrated museum of modern and contemporary art, and the Nordico Stadtmuseumin. With figures revealing that in 2016, the Lentos welcomed 5,000 fewer visitor than the previous year, Schmutz has announced plans to concentrate on building an international audience, whilst simultaneously redefining both museums’ brands.
Schmutz’s up-and-coming plans include celebrating the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Koloman Moser with a historical exhibition scheduled for 2018. Details via artreview
Ndary Lo passes away at 56
Senegalese sculptor Ndary Lo passed away yesterday, June 8, at the age of 56 in Lyon, France, after a long illness.
The Dakar-based artist won the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at the Dakar Biennale twice in his 25-year career. The first time was in 2002 with his installation The Long March to Change; the second, at the 8th Dakar Biennial (Dak'Art 2008) where Lo presented another installation, titled The Green Wall. Galerie Guigon, Paris, have regularly exhibited Lo’s sculptures since 2004. His work is currently on show in Avignon as part of the exhibition "Les éclaireurs sculpteurs d'Afrique," through January 14, 2018.