Hans-Peter Feldmann Named Winner of HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2010

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Hans-Peter Feldmann

German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann has been named the winner of THE HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2010. Feldmann is the eighth artist to win the biennial honor, which was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. The prize carries an award of $100,000 and is administered by the Guggenheim Foundation. A jury comprising a distinguished international panel of museum directors and curators selected Feldmann from a group of six short-listed artists, which included Cao Fei, Roman Ondák, Walid Raad, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Feldmann (b. 1941, Düsseldorf) lives and works in Düsseldorf. His seminal work calls attention to visual culture by gathering images and everyday objects appropriated from disparate commercial and domestic sources and presenting them in serial form or other carefully orchestrated installations. An exhibition of Feldmann’s work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum from May 20 through September 5, 2011.

The jury for the 2010 prize was chaired by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the jurors were Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Yasmil Raymond, Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York; Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Tirdad Zolghadr, independent writer and curator.

In describing its selection, the jury said, “Our global age is defined by the virulent power of the images that saturate our everyday social and political spheres. In this context, German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann’s long-standing engagement with personal, archival, and mass-media imagery takes on a new, surreptitious relevance. His obsessive accumulation of objects and images amounts to a tremendous ongoing project of cataloguing the multiplicity of potential meanings present in the world around us. Although he has been practicing for over four decades and has been a key influence on generations of younger artists, Feldmann’s work exhibits a vitality and keen originality that places it among the most compelling work being produced today. It is this critical engagement with the moment that we recognize in awarding him THE HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2010.”

Hans-Peter Feldmann, winner of THE HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2010. Photo: Billy Farrell