Absolut has announced the finalists of the 2017 Absolut Art Award. The 2017 Jury has selected a shortlist of six artists for the Art Work category and five art writers for the Art Writing category from a total of 49 nominated artists and art writers
The finalists in the Art Work category are Simon Denny, Anne Imhof, Shahryar Nashat, Cameron Rowland, Anicka Yi, and Samson Young and the finalists in the Art Writing category are Huey Copeland, Johanna Fateman, Orit Gat, Isabelle Graw, and Shanay Jhaveri.
Each of the finalists will prepare a proposal for an artwork, project, or art publication for consideration by the 2017 Jury. Winners in each category will be announces on May 12, 2017 during the Vernissage of the 2017 Venice Biennale.
The winning artist receives a cash prize of €20,000 and a budget of €100,000 to produce and exhibit a new artwork or project. The winning art writer is awarded a cash prize of €20,000 and a budget of €25,000 to be used towards the research and production of a new art publication.
The 2017 Jury is led by Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, and includes Sam Castets, Director and Curator of New York’s Swiss Institute; Elena Filipovic, Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Basel; Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery; and critic and curator Jack Bankowsky.
“It was a difficult decision, and in the end we selected six finalists rather than five in the art work category as we felt strongly that all six deserved the opportunity to submit proposals for their dream project.”