Images of the jury panel, L-R: Portrait of Jack Bankowsky, photo by Timonthy Greenfield-Sanders; Portrait of Elena Filipovic, photo by Zlatko Micic, 2015; Portrait of Daniel Birnbaum, © Photo Moderna Museet, Åsa Lundén; Portrait of Polly Staple, photo by Mark Blower; Portrait of Simon Castets, © Photo Bruno Zhu
Absolut have just announced the finalists for the 2017 Absolut Art Award for Art Work and Art Writing.
The 2017 Jury – led by Jury President Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm – selected a shortlist of six artists and five art writers for the Art Work and Art Writing categories respectively, from a total of 49 nominated artists and art writers.
Each of the finalists will prepare a proposal for an art work, project or art publication unencumbered by commercial restraints for consideration by the distinguished 2017 Jury. Winners in each category will be announced on 12 May 2017 during the Vernissage of La Biennale di Venezia – 57th International Art Exhibition, followed by an award ceremony in September 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden to honour the winners.
Huey Copeland (USA) Johanna Fateman (USA) Orit Gat (Israel) Isabelle Graw (Germany)
Shanay Jhaveri (USA).
“Daniel and the 2017 Jury have selected a fantastic group of finalists, with diverse multidisciplinary practices and far-reaching interests. We are thrilled that there are six finalists for the Art Work category, and the hard decision the Jury faced demonstrates the high calibre of nominees this year. We look forward to reviewing the proposals in both categories and eagerly await the winners’ announcement in May”
, says Saskia Neuman, Global Art Manager, Absolut.
Sitting alongside the 2017 Absolut Art Award for Art Work and Art Writing will be the Emerging Artist Award, a new strand of the Absolut Art Award for 2017. Individuals under the age of 40 who have collaborated with the brand creatively from January 2015 to February 2017 are eligible to be nominated by their local Absolut teams. The winner of the Emerging Artist Award will be selected directly from a list of nominees by the 2017 Jury, and announced with the winners of the Absolut Art Award for Art Work and Art Writing in Venice in May.
THE 2017 ABSOLUT ART AWARD JURY
2017 Jury President:
Daniel Birnbaum has been the Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm since autumn 2010. He was the Rector of Städelschule in Frankfurt from 2000 – 2010, and Director of the Kunsthalle Portikus. He is contributing editor of Artforum in New York and has curated exhibitions including ’Airs de Paris’ at Centre Pompidou in Paris (in co-operation with Christine Macel) in 2007. In 2009, Daniel was the Director of the 53rd Venice Biennale.
2017 Jury Members:
Simon Castets is the Director and Curator of Swiss Institute, New York and co-founder of 89plus. In addition to exhibitions at Swiss Institute, recent curatorial work includes ‘Rachel Rose’ at Aspen Art Museum, ‘Champs Elysées’ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (with Julie Boukobza and Nicola Trezzi), ‘Poetry will be made by all!’ at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and ‘Filter Bubble’ at LUMA Foundation, Westbau (both together with Hans Ulrich Obrist for 89plus).
Elena Filipovic is Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Basel. She was Senior Curator at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels from 2009-2014, and in 2008 co-curated the 5th Berlin Biennial with Adam Szymczyk.
Polly Staple has been Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London since 2008. She was formerly Director of Frieze Projects and Curator at Cubitt Gallery, London. Staple has written for numerous catalogues and publications; she was formerly Editor-at-Large of frieze magazine.
Jack Bankowsky is a critic, curator, and Editor-at-Large at Artforum. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Artforum from 1992 to 2003, and is the founding editor of Artforum’s sister publication, Bookforum, where he was editor from 1996 to 1998.