The following artists are finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2012:
Trisha Donnelly (b. 1974, San Francisco)
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago)
Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969, Zhangzhou, China)
Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Ryki, Poland)
Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam)
Tris Vonna-Michell (b. 1982, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom)
“On behalf of the jury, we are delighted to announce the ninth biennial Hugo Boss Prize finalists,” said Mr. Armstrong. “Since its inception in 1996, the Hugo Boss Prize has become one of the world’s most noted juried prizes. The selection of these six exceptional artists for the 2012 short list offers insight into some of today’s most dynamic practices.”
A publication featuring the work of the six finalists with accompanying essays will be published in summer 2012. The winner will be selected and announced in fall 2012, followed by an exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented in 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
“Already in its sixteenth year, the Hugo Boss Prize has become a fixture in our arts sponsorship program and a key feature of our corporate culture,” said Mr. Lahrs. “We are therefore particularly delighted that it enjoys such a fine reputation on the international arts scene. We congratulate the six short-listed candidates and are already looking forward to the award ceremony in the fall of 2012.”
The Hugo Boss Prize is given to an artist whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art. The award sets no restrictions in terms of age, gender, nationality, or medium, and the nominations may include emerging artists as well as more established individuals whose public recognition may be long overdue. The 2012 prize carries an award of $100,000.
The prize is juried by an international panel of museum directors, curators, and critics. The 2012 jury is chaired by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the jurors are Magali Arriola, Curator, Colección Jumex, Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico; Suzanne Cotter, Curator, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Kate Fowle, Executive Director, Independent Curators International, New York; Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at Large, Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
History of the Prize
This year marks the ninth presentation of the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum. Since 1996, the prize has been awarded to American artist Matthew Barney (1996), Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (1998), Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč (2000), French artist Pierre Huyghe (2002), Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), British artist Tacita Dean (2006), Palestinian artist Emily Jacir (2008), and German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010). Previous finalists have included Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Cai Guo-Qiang, Stan Douglas, and Yasumasa Morimura in 1996; Huang Yong Ping, William Kentridge, Lee Bul, Pipilotti Rist, and Lorna Simpson in 1998; Vito Acconci, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Tom Friedman, Barry Le Va, and Tunga in 2000; Francis Alÿs, Olafur Eliasson, Hachiya Kazuhiko, Koo Jeong-a, and Anri Sala in 2002; Franz Ackermann, Rivane Neuenschwander, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Simon Starling, and Yang Fudong in 2004; Allora & Calzadilla, John Bock, Damián Ortega, Aïda Ruilova, and Tino Sehgal in 2006; Christoph Büchel, Patty Chang, Sam Durant, Joachim Koester, and Roman Signer in 2008; and Cao Fei, Roman Ondák, Walid Raad, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul in 2010.
About HUGO BOSS AG
Arts sponsorship has a long tradition at HUGO BOSS. Since 1995, the company has been providing support to both established and upcoming artists in a variety of ways. Above all, the collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum has made it possible to organize numerous special exhibitions featuring major artists – ranging from Matthew Barney, Georg Baselitz, and Ross Bleckner to Francesco Clemente, Ellsworth Kelly and James Rosenquist. For more information on the Hugo Boss Prize, visit hugoboss-prize.com.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, and provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the result of a collaboration, begun in 1997, between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Frank Gehry on Saadiyat Island, adjacent to the main island of Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is currently in progress. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.