Top 3 European Art Prizes: Money and Fame for Antics
Turner Prize for Brawlers and Innovators
Last year, Laure Prouvost, a French woman living in London, won the prestigious award. The language of the author’s artistic expression is a mix of installation and video. The Farfromwords performance and the Wantee video work unexpectedly bypassed the creations of eminent contenders: Tino Sehgal, the Venetian lion holder, and David Shrigley, the British renowned artist. This event became an indisputable proof of the thesis: the prize is to "light up" new stars in the horizon of contemporary art! The young artist creates the so-called "Instagram art", i. e. "filtered creativity". For Prouvost, these are the furnishings in which video works are demonstrated. For example, Wantee (from "Want tea?") is a video story shown by Prouvost at a table set for tea. This is a story about the author’s imaginary grandfather, a conceptual artist, who dug a tunnel into Africa and disappeared there forever. And his creations began to be used as household items.
The Turner Prize jury includes the director of the Tate gallery, projects curators, art critics. The prize presentation takes place annually in early December (once the prize was presented by Yoko Ono herself, the widow of John Lennon), and in October, an exhibition of the nominees' works is held.
Laure Prouvost, Laureate of the 2013 Turner Prize
The winner work of the 2013 Turner Prize: the Wantee installation by Laure Prouvost
Marcel Duchamp Prize: greetings from a framed urinalThe French answer to Foggy Albion is the annual Marcel Duchamp Prize. Yes, it bears the name of that very character of the bohemian society of the 20th century, who was the first to introduce the concept of ready-made into art: he began to raise household items to art objects. It is Duchamp who said: "I threw the bottle-rack and the urinal in their faces as a challenge and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty." Representatives of the current generation have a chance to receive 35 thousand euros for innovation and the chance to organize an exhibition in the Center Georges-Pompidou. The prize has existed for 13 years. Experts including the President of the Association for the international diffusion of French art (ADIAF), directors of museums, collectors and artists summarize the results in October. Unlike the Turner Prize, the Duchamp Prize contains less kitsch and feigned entertainment.
Last year, the sympathies of the French art elite were with Latifa Echakhch and her Le Modèle installation. The work is a huge red knife throwing target with a yellow star in the centre. According to the chairman of the jury, Alfred Pacquement, Latifa captivated the judges with her ability to organize art in space and turn easily recognizable elements into symbols.
2009 Duchamp Prize Award Ceremony
Le Modèle installation, the winner of the 2013 Duchamp Prize
Arte Laguna: cash in advance!
Last year, the Detour #21 non-figurative painting, protruding beyond the canvas borders, won in the Painting category. The author is Ivelisse Jimenez, an artist from Puerto Rico. Among the installations, the prize was awarded to the creation of the Bulgarian Constantine Zlatev named The Last Gun. This is a rather complex sculpture, consisting of a gun, screen and flute, which symbolizes the tragedy of the world arms race. The melody produced is a mixture of music and the sounds of a reloading gun.
The Last Weapon musical installation by Constantine Zlatev — the winner of the 2013 Arte Laguna
Detour #21 by Ivelisse Jimenez