In 2015, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, announced the foundation of its Nasher Prize, an award that extends the institution’s support of sculpture in contemporary art. For the last four years, international artists have been selected by juries that include artists, curators and critics alike.
This year, the jury comprised Phyllida Barlow (artist), Huma Bhabha (artist), Pablo León de la Barra (Guggeinheim curator at large), Lynne Cooke (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, senior curator), Okwui Enzwezor (writer and curator), Briony Fer (art historian and critic), Hou Hanru (MAXXI artistic director), Yuko Hasegawa (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, chief curator) and Nicholas Serota (Arts Council England chairman). Together, these nine experts selected Isa Genzken as the 2019 Nasher Prize recipient for her impact on our understanding of contemporary sculpture. As the winner, Genzken is awarded $100,000 and honored through a series of conversations hosted at the Sculpture Center as well as a black-tie gala.
This past weekend, the Nasher Prize Dialogues: Juror Conversation, wherein jurors Yuko Hasegawa and Pablo León de la Barra discussed Genzken’s artistic practice, took place at the Dallas Museum of Art. Further, at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, an in-depth conversation between renowned curators Laura Hoptman and Beatrix Ruf, along with artist Simon Denny and critic Jörn Heiser offered insights and personal stories illustrating Gengken’s influence on contemporary creative practice over four decades. On Saturday night, guests dressed to the nines filled the Nasher Sculpture Center for a gala in celebration of the German artist. Even if you weren’t Dallas to attend these events, stay tuned for additional Nasher Prize Dialogues that happen around the world.