December 6 | Curator and activist Lubaina Himid wins the 2017 Turner Prize
For the second year in a row, the Turner Prize goes to a woman! Elsewhere, artist Fair Brane is awarded an important grant, and Paris’ Centre Pompidou welcomes a major donation.
Curator and activist Lubaina Himid wins the 2017 Turner Prize
Following the abolition of the age limit earlier this year, curator and activist Lubaina Himid is the first artist over 50 and the first woman of color to win the prestigious Turner Prize.
The Zanzibar-born artist’s work was defined as courageous, as well as extremely “resonant and relevant” today. Himid was presented with the £25,000 prize during a ceremony that took place in Hull last night. Fellow finalists were: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner et Rosalind Nashashibi. More via The Guardian.
Artist Fair Brane wins the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant
The Los Angeles painter and filmmaker Fair Brane was awarded the prize, established in 2009, in order to support the work of U.S.-based self-identifying lesbians. Brane, who participated with her video essay Drink More Water, will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
“I use film as a social practice,” said Brane. “Through my work, I aim to draw attention to hidden oppressive constructs rigorously at work in our society.” The award is presented by Queer | Art, an organization established in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. Read more on Queer | Art.
Jim Dine bequeaths 26 works to Paris’ Centre Pompidou
After major donations to London’s British Museum, Vienna’s Albertina Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, American artist Jim Dine — born in 1935 in Cincinnati — has gifted 26 works to Centre Pompidou.
The sculptures and paintings, created between 1961 and 2016, will be on show from February 14 through April 23 2018 as part of a retrospective dedicated to the artist. More (in French) via Connaissance des Arts.
Artist Jim Dine. Photo Courtesy Widewalls.