ABSOLUT ART AWARD 2017
Meet the winners of 2017 Absolut Art Award: Anne Imhof for Art Work and Huey Copeland for Art Writing.
Absolut has been active in the art world since 1985 and was the first spirit brand to forge genuinely close ties with artists. The first collaboration with Andy Warhol paved the way for 550 other artists, who together account for over 850 commissioned projects.
In 2009 Absolut instituted the Absolut Art Award to mark 30 years of creative collaborations with artists. The award offers an artist and an art writer a unique opportunity to realize their dream projects.
The prominent Jury led by Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm has announced this years winners and the awards go to Anne Imhof for Art Work and Huey Copeland for Art Writing.
Congratulations to Anne and Huey - this year’s winners of the 2017 Absolut Art Award. Selected from an amazing group of finalists, Daniel and the Jury have chosen two incredible winners whose projects we are excited to help realise in the coming months, says Saskia Neuman, Global Art Manager, Absolut.
Anne Imhof lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and has ever since winning the Pries der Nationalgalerie Prize in 2015, been considered one of the brightest shining stars on the art sky. As the winning artist, Anne Imhof receives a cash stipend of €20,000 complemented by a budget of €100,000 to produce and exhibit a new artwork or project.
Jury citation: Anne imhof
”The Jury awards the Absolut Art Award for Art Work to Anne Imhof for her proposal to produce a new work set in the salt desert in Death Valley, California.
Although drawing on previous performances, the work will present the beginning of something new in Imhof’s career in that it exchanges the white cube for the Badwater Basin, pushing the production outside the parameters offered by the art institution. The performance and the musical score will culminate in a film.”
In the category of Art Writing the award goes to Huey Copeland. Working out of Chicago, USA, Copeland has a long list of merits as an art historian, teacher, administrator, critic and curator. His writing focuses on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western Visual field.
Jury citation: Huey copeland
”The Jury awards the Absolut Art Award for Art Writing to Huey Copeland for the book proposal Touched by the Mother, a collection of essays that provide a multi-faceted perspective on the methods of American art and discourse of the last fifty years. Building upon and extending on the works of thinkers such as Ralph Ellison, Frantz Fanon, and Fred Moten, the book promises to be both a personal account of what it means to navigate the world of contemporary American culture as a gay black man, and a critical consideration of the works of many of todays’s most important artists.
The winners will be celebrated on the 23rd of September in Stockholm during Absolut Art weekend.
(Top photo: Eliza Douglas in Anne Imhof, Angst II, 2016 performed at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2016 © Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Buchholz, and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi)