Shortlist for Hugo Boss Prize is announced

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The Guggenheim Museum in New York announced today its shortlist for the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award that honours exceptional artists with $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum. Nairy Baghramian, Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Elias Sime, Cecilia Vicuña, and Adrián Villar Rojas have been selected for the prizes 2020 edition.

Established in 1996, the Hugo Boss Prize has become Americas answer to Britains Turner Prize, promising its winners all-but-guaranteed success in the hyper-competitive art world. There are no set restrictions on nominees according to age, gender, nationality, or medium. Historically, artists have excelled at innovating their mediums. The precedent was set with Matthew Barney, the prizes inaugural winner, who is best known for making fantastical experimental films. Other winners have followed suit. In 2016, Anicka Yi won for her exploration of biopolitics through food and fragrance. And just last year, Simone Leigh was recognised for her use of ceramics and her unwavering commitment to addressing black women in her work.

There are a number of multi-hyphenate artists on this years shortlist who have played with the concept of sculpture. That includes Baghramian, Villar Rojas, and Beasley, the latter of which recently explored the haunting legacy of the cotton gin with a critically acclaimed sound-and-sculpture installation at the Whitney Museum.

Although Lawson is the most established name on the shortlist, she would mark a series of firsts if she gets the award. No photographer has ever won the Hugo Boss Prize; additionally, Lawson has not yet receiveRead More – Source