ArtistsGalleries 28-10-2016

October 28 | Lawrence Abu Hamdan wins 2016 Nam June Paik Award

The Museum Folkwang in Essen has named Lawrence Abu Hamdan the winner of the 2016 Nam June Paik Award.

The Beirut-based artist was awarded the €25,000 prize for his exhibition “Earshot,” displayed this year at the Portikus in Frankfurt, which used a video and sound installation to explore a 2014 shooting of two teenagers in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers. This year’s shortlist also included artists Trisha Baga, Katja Novitskova and Neïl Beloufa. Work by the shortlisted artists is on show at an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang, which runs through January 8, 2017. More info on the Nam June Paik Award’s website.


The Goodman Gallery in Cape Town have installed a floor-level Video Room, which opens this Saturday in Fairweather House on Sir Lowry Road. The new space hopes to invigorate the gallery’s programming with curated films, book launches, performances and print exhibitions, offering “the flexibility to host more engaging and interactive events," according to director Tony East. The launch of the Video Room coincides with two parallel shows: “In Context: Where We Are,” at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, and “In Context: Africans in America” at the gallery’s Johannesburg location. Both exhibitions will showcase video work by African artists including Sue Williamson, Gerald Machona, Gerhard Marx and Tabita Rezaire. More via Art Africa.


The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to build a new museum in central Berlin to house Germany’s huge collection of 20th century art. The museum will be located between two landmark buildings of the 1960s — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s metal-and-glass Neue Nationalgalerie and Hans Scharoun’s gold-clad Philharmonic. Herzog & de Meuron’s red-brick design is low and long, with a shallow pitched roof, deliberately inviting comparisons to an indoor market or train station. The architects want the museum to be a place of activity and communication as well as one of contemplation. Germany’s lower house of parliament set aside €200m for the new museum in 2014 and the target opening date is 2021. The Art Newspaper has the full story.


The New York art fair The Armory Show announced today that it is launching the Presents Booth Prize, a new award that recognizes an outstanding and innovative gallery presentation within the Presents section of the fair.  Begun in 2014, Presents gathers together young and dynamic international galleries, showcasing new work by emerging artists through solo-artist and dual-artist presentations. The winner of the inaugural prize will be selected by an international jury of curators and collectors during the 2017 fair, and will receive $10,000. Read more on artdaily.


Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is selling a cluster of paintings at Phillips, which will go to auction at the company’s Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art in New York on November 16. Leading the collection is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Devil’s head), estimated at $3-5 million, which was on display at Hilfiger’s New York apartment. The striking work, painted in 1987 just a year before Basquiat’s death, depicts a familiar motif within the artist’s oeuvre: the skull. Other notable works accompanying the Basquiat painting include Damien Hirst’s Disintegration - The Crown of Life (2006), a stained glass window constructed from butterflies, Andy Warhol’s ten-print set of Cowboys and Indians (1986), Jean Dubuffet’s painting Le Gommeux (1972) and two works by Keith Haring, Snake and Man and Dogs and Men (both 1983). Art Market Monitor has more details.

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