German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was announced last night as the winner of the eighth Hugo Boss Art Prize, in an awards ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Feldmann, who lives and works in Düsseldorf, explores the phenomena of visual culture. He creates installations in which images and everyday objects - collected from different commercial and domestic sources - are put together in carefully constructed settings or serial forms.
Partnering with the Guggenheim Foundation, the prize recognizes artists who push the boundaries of contemporary art to create fresh perspectives. And to bolster that crusade, the biennial winner takes home a handsome stipend of $100,000 alongside a coveted solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York.
Commendably, the prize imposes no restriction on age, gender, nationality or media. The jury – a formidable panel of international curators, artists and collectors – chooses artists entirely by the body of work they have produced throughout their careers. Past recipients have included the likes of Matthew Barney, Douglas Gordon (1998) and Marjetica Potrč.
This year’s crop of entrants – Cao Fei, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Roman Ondák, Walid Raad and Apichatpong Weerasethakul – ranges in age and their diverse portfolios run from sculpture and photography to mixed media, essays and even sound.
An exhibition of Hans-Peter Feldmann's work will take place at the Guggenheim, New York, from 20 May - 5 September 2011.
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