Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2012 Announced

Danh Vo, Tombstone for Phùng Vo, 2010

Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam) has been named the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2012. He is the ninth artist to win the biennial honor, which was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art.

A jury comprising an international panel of museum directors and curators selected Vo from a group of six short-listed artists, including Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie, Monika Sosnowska, and Tris Vonna-Michell.

In describing its selection, the jury said, "We have chosen to award the Hugo Boss Prize 2012 to Danh Vo in recognition of the vivid and influential impact he has made on the currents of contemporary art making. Vo’s assured and subtle work expresses a number of urgent concerns related to cultural identity, politics, and history, evoking these themes through shifting, poetic forms that traverse time and geography. This year’s Hugo Boss Prize shortlist represented an exceptionally accomplished group of artists, and we wish to commend all six of the nominees for the strength and originality of their practices."

Recently, 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 heading 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). As part of the Hugo Boss Prize, a solo exhibition of his work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum in spring 2013.

The prize carries an award of $100,000 and is administered by the Guggenheim Foundation. Previous winners include Matthew Barney (1996), Douglas Gordon (1998), Marjetica Potrč (2000), Pierre Huyghe (2002), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), Tacita Dean (2006), Emily Jacir (2008), and Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010).

Danh Vo, Tombstone for Phùng Vo, 2010. Marble. T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2011. Installation view: Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal, 2010. Image courtesy the Serralves Foundation


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