The winner of the third Max Mara Art Prize for Women was announced today. Chosen from a shortlist of three female artists, Andrea Büttner -who produces delicate, craft-inspired works, using everything from woodcut to dried flowers - will now embark on a six month residency in Italy as part of the biannual prize.
Produced in collaboration with London's Whitechapel Gallery, the prize was established by the Maramotti family - who also own the Max Mara brand - to promote female artists based in the UK.
Büttner will split the residency between the American Academy in Rome and the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella. Following the six month stint, Büttner's resulting work will be offered for acquisition to the Collezione Maramotti, before being shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in Spring 2011.
Headed up by the director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick, the formidable, all-female judging panel consisted of artist Fiona Banner; gallerist Alison Jacques; art collector Valeria Napoleone and art critic Polly Staple.
The two runners up are Becky Beasley, an RCA graduate who divides her time between London and Antwerp, creating works which move seamlessly between photography and sculpture; and Elizabeth Price, whose time-based works constitute in-depth archives of imagined art institutions.