The Guggenheim Museum.
As evinced by past winners like Anicka Yi, Simone Leigh, Matthew Barney, and Danh Vo, the Hugo Boss Award is one of the world’s top art awards.
Now that the Guggenheim Museum has announced the shortlisted artists for the 2020 edition of the prize, which comes with $100,000 and a solo show at the institution in 2021. The shortlisted artists are the following:
Adrián Villar Rojas
Unlike most other art prizes, the Hugo Boss Award imposes no restrictions on their nominees ‘ age, nationality or career level, and the shortlisted artists run the gamut from the rising generation Americans to well-established but under recognized foreigners.
Beasley, based in New York, is the youngest candidate who has not yet turned 35, while Vicuña, who comes from Chile and is now based in New York and Santiago de Chile, is the oldest, at the age of 71.
The nominees are among the most famous artists of today. Lawson, who might be the first photographer to win the award, will be showing a new series of works on the African diaspora in Brazil as part of the São Paulo Biennale in July, and Baghramian will be showing new works combining mechanical and organic forms at the Venice Biennale in Italy.
Vicuña is recently exhibiting a painting on her political involvement in New York’s new rehang at the Museum of Modern Art, and Sime, an Ethiopian artist known for his tapestry-like assemblages of repurposed and found objects, including computer parts, is now the focus of a traveling survey that is currently on display at the Wellin Museum of Art in Clinton, New York.
Sime is also constructing a public garden at a palace in Addis Ababa. Villar Rojas recently showed a new installation on the transience of certain materials at the private museum of collector Qiao Zhibing in Shanghai and Beasley made headlines last year with a sound and sculpture installation from a cotton gin engine at the Whitney Museum in New York.
In a statement, Nancy Spector, artistic director and chief curator of the Guggenheim, said. “After a rigorous examination of today’s artistic landscape, the jury identified a group of artists whose practices are beacons of cultural impact,” he added, “While diverse in their approaches and themes, they each exemplify the spirit of experimentation and innovation that the prize has always championed.”
The jury included Spector and Naomi Beckwith, senior curator at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Katherine Brinson, curator of contemporary art at the Guggenheim; Julieta González, independent curator; Christopher Y. Lew, curator at the Whitney; and Nat Trotman, Guggenheim’s performance and media curator.
The Guggenheim Museum.