A Look at the Finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2012

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  • Trisha Donnelly, Untitled, 2010. Digital print on resin-coated paper, 20.4 x 25.4 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club "Dr. Minton", 2010. Gelatin silver print, 111.1 x 89.5 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Qiu Zhijie, How to Empty Your Mind, 2008 (detail). 108 prints, 122 x 80 cm each. Performed at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, July 19–August 16, 2008. Courtesy the artist
  • Monika Sosnowska, 1:1, 2007. Steel and enamel paint, dimensions variable. Installation view: Polish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, June 10–November 21, 2007. Courtesy the artist; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany; kurimanzutto, Mexico City; and Hauser and Wirth, Zurich and London
  • Danh Vo, Tombstone for Phung Vo, 2010. Absolute black granite and gold, 64 x 90 x 8 cm. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Installation view: To the Arts, Citizens!, November 21, 2010–March 13, 2011, Museu de arte contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal. Photo courtesy the artist and Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin
  • Tris Vonna-Michell, Finding Chopin, 2008 (from Finding Chopin, 2005–12). Performed at Experiment Marathon Reykjavík, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Hafnarhús, Iceland, May 16–August 24, 2008. Photo: Karl Petersson, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Since 1996, the Guggenheim has collaborated with HUGO BOSS to honor an artist whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art. In advance of the announcement of this year’s winner on November 1, learn about the recent and upcoming activity of the artists short-listed for this year’s prize.

  • San Francisco native Trisha Donnelly will have a solo exhibition in 2013 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (March 9–June 2), debuting a new body of work that responds to the museum environment. Earlier this summer, Donnelly won the inaugural Faber-Castell International Drawing Award, given by the Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany.
  • This spring, Rashid Johnson was awarded the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The national award honors contributions to the field of African American art and art history. In April of this year, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented Johnson's first major museum solo exhibition, Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks.
  • Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, Monica Sosnowska presents Fir Tree, a 40-foot tall sculpture located at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York’s Central Park, from October 24, 2012 to February 17, 2013. For this work, Sosnowska recreates the external staircase of a Socialist housing block, using various industrial machines to contort and alter its original form.
  • As chief curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennale (October 2, 2012–March 13, 2013), Qiu Zhijie will organize artworks and installations responding to the theme Reactivation, which views energy collection from the preindustrial period as coming from the collective unconscious, rather than the exploitation of natural resources.
  • Danh Vo's multipart installation We the People, which reconstructs the full-size Statue of Liberty in copper fragments, was included in the 2012 New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables before it headed to the Art Institute of Chicago, where it is currently exhibited through April 7, 2013. The installation is in conjunction with Uterus, his solo show at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (September 23–December 16, 2012).
  • This fall, Tris Vonna-Michell draws on his recent residency at Gibside, an estate on the English countryside, for a solo exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (October 19–November 11, 2012). It incorporates slide projections and a narrated soundtrack, inspired by the relationships between humans and nature and the changing aesthetic, structure, and function of the site over time.

A solo exhibition by the winning artist will be presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. A publication featuring the work of the six finalists was published in summer 2012.

For updates on the Hugo Boss Prize 2012, follow @Guggenheim and #HBP2012 on Twitter.

The Hugo Boss Prize trophy. Photo: Billy Farrel


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