Fairs 10-03-2017

Art Cologne announces 20 finalists for 2017 New Positions Award

Art Cologne has announced the finalists for the 2017 edition of the New Positions Award, to be presented during the fair’s upcoming edition, running from April 26 through 29.

The award, founded in 1980, aims to support younger, under-the-radar artists by presenting their works in a privileged space located next to their representing galleries in the fair.


New Positions at Art Cologne 2016.


This year’s finalists are artists Clément Cogitore, Mia Goyette, Franziska Holstein, Hedwig Houben, Andreas Johnen, Sebastian Koch, Jugoslav Mitevsk, Tobias Nink, Peter Puklus, Titus Schade, Toni Schmale, Arne Schmitt, Andreas Schmitten, Ralph Schuster, Paul Spengemann, Péter Szalay, Stefan Vogel, Christine Wang, Kenny Wong and artist duo Nicola Gördes and Stella Rossié.

The shortlist reflects the wide range of media covered by the award. From painting to photography, object art and installation to video and performance, the 2017 edition of the New Positions Award covers virtually all major contemporary art practices.

The prize includes a solo exhibition, Cologne Artothek, which will be accompanied by a catalogue.


New Positions at Art Cologne 2016.


The finalists were chosen by a jury composed of artist Christiane Baumgartner; Eva Birkenstock, director of not-for-profit association Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia; Daniel Völzke, editor of Monopol Magazin; Priska Pasquer from The Priska Pasquer Gallery; as well as Lukas Minssen from Gallery Utermann.

Last year, the prize was awarded to German artist Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann. Other featured artists include Olafur Eliasson (1994), Piotr Uklanski (1998), Urs Fischer (2000) and Jorinde Voigt (2006).

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