Absolut – “Absolut Art Award Ceremony 2013” (2013), photograph; courtesy of Absolut.
Back in May, this year’s winners of the Absolut Art Award were announced, with artist Frances Stark selected for the ‘Art Work’ category, and curator and writer Mark Godfrey for ‘Art Writing’. The winning projects were chosen by a distinguished international Jury, led by Jury President Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director of the New Museum in New York and at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan), on the basis of their proposals to create a new artwork, project or piece of art writing, unimpeded by commercial limitations. Exhilaration surrounded the two proposals, which Gioni excitedly explained “share an interest in education and in exploring histories across cultural boundaries”, and will help to “reshape the boundaries of art and criticism respectively”.
Established in 2009 to mark 30 years of creative collaboration with artists, the Absolut Art Award annually provides an original and creative artist and art writer, with the unique chance to build their dream projects. Stark, whose proposal detailed plans for a pedagogical opera in which music and education will fuse to illustrate a recent history of America, will receive a monetary grant of €20,000, in addition to the generous funding of €100,000 in support of her work. For the Art Writing prize, Godfrey will also be awarded with €20,000, as well as a budget of €25,000 for the development and publication of an anthology dedicated to ‘The Black Art Debate’ and African American art in the 1960s and 70s.
The upcoming award ceremony to honour the two winners will take place from 24 – 26 September in Stockholm, Sweden.
Blog entry by Gabi Gershuny in Berlin; Tuesday, Sep. 01, 2015.