June 2014

Jury Announced

September 2014

Nominations Announced

December 2014

Finalists announced

May 2015

Winners announced

Nominees Announced for the 2015 Absolut Art Award

Absolut is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 Absolut Art Award. Exceptionally diverse in terms of nationality, age and gender, the Nominators have selected a total of 47 artists and art writers, across both the ‘Art Work’ and ‘Art Writing’ categories.

Each member of the 2015 Jury invited two Nominators, with experience across multiple artistic disciplines and professional art backgrounds, to nominate five artists and one art writer, generating a maximum of 50 nominees for the ‘Art Work’ category and a maximum of ten nominees for the ‘Art Writing’ category.

The 2015 Nominators have selected 37 nominees in the ‘Art Work’ category, from across five continents and 24 countries, including established centres of contemporary art as well as emerging hubs such as Iran, Mexico and Ghana. Ranging in age from 30 to 69, the nominees in this category include widely recognised names, as well as more emerging artists.

In the ‘Art Writing’ category ten art writers have been selected, with an incredibly broad range of research backgrounds and theoretical interests. This element of the prize continues our longstanding support of the development of critical theory and nurturing artistic discourse.

The 2015 Jury will select a shortlist of five finalists, from both categories, which will be revealed during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. The 2015 Jury is led by Jury President Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum in New York and Artistic Director at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan.

The winning artist and writer will be announced during the Vernissage of La Biennale di Venezia - 56th International Art Exhibition in May 2015, and an award ceremony will take place in September 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Absolut Art Award was instituted in 2009 to mark 30 years of creative collaborations with artists. The award offers an artist and an art writer a unique opportunity to realise their dream projects, demonstrating our continued commitment to collaborating on transformative projects with the world’s most creative talent. The winning artist will receive a cash prize of €20,000, complemented by a budget of €100,000 to produce and exhibit a new art work. The winning art writer will also be awarded a cash prize of €20,000, alongside a budget of €25,000 to be used towards the research and production of a new art publication.

In 2013 the Absolut Art Award for ‘Art Work’ was awarded to Renata Lucas and for the first time in the ‘Art Writing’ category to Coco Fusco. Lucas´ winning project, unveiled in September 2014, featured a series of site-specific architectural interventions and installations located throughout the Pier Mauá area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Coco Fusco will publish her winning project in collaboration with Tate Publishing in autumn 2015. Previous Absolut Art Award winners have included Anri Sala (2011), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2010) and Keren Cytter (2009).

“We're incredibly excited by the breadth of nominees selected in both categories for the 2015 Absolut Art Award, and we look forward with great anticipation to Massimiliano Gioni and the 2015 Jury's selection of finalists later this year”, says Saskia Neuman, Global Art Manager, Absolut.

2015 Absolut Art Award Nominees

Art Work Category

John Akomfrah b.1957 Ghana
José Antonio Suárez Londoño b.1955 Columbia
Leonor Antunes b.1972 Portugal
Nairy Baghramian b.1971 Iran
Yto Barrada b.1971 France
Yael Bartana b.1970 Israel
Eric Baudelaire b.1973 USA
Mariana Castillo Deball b.1975 Mexico
Simon Denny b.1982 New Zealand
Trisha Donnelly b.1974 USA
Köken Ergun b.1976 Turkey
Geoffrey Farmer b.1967 Canada
Richard Hawkins b.1961 USA
Camille Henrot b.1978 France / USA
Federico Herrero b.1978 Costa Rica
Karl Holmqvist b.1964 Sweden
Iman Issa b.1979 Egypt
Jesse Jones b.1978 Ireland
Lee Kit b.1978 Hong Kong
Ragnar Kjartansson b.1976 Iceland
Mark Leckey b.1964 UK
Minouk Lim b.1968 Korea
Jean Luc Moulène b.1955 France
Maha Maamoun b.1972 Egypt
Rodney McMillian b.1969 USA
Nicole Miller b.1982 USA
Nástio Mosquito b.1981 Angola
Shahryar Nashat b.1975 Switzerland
Rivane Neuenschwander b.1967 Brazil
Amalia Pica b.1978 Argentina
Michael Portnoy b.1971 USA
Laure Prouvost b.1978 France
Frances Stark b.1967 USA
Zhou Tao b.1976 China
Kaari Upson b.1972 USA
Andra Ursuta b.1979 Romania
Arseniy Zhilyaev b.1984 Russia

Art Writing Category

Julia Bryan-Wilson USA
Santiago García Navarro Argentina
Mark Godfrey UK
Alex Kitnick USA
Adam Kleinman USA
Quinn Latimer USA
Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer USA
Helen Molesworth USA
Dieter Roelstraete Belgium
Tirdad Zolghadr Iran/Switzerland/USA

Jury Announced for 2015 Absolut Art Award

Absolut is pleased to announce the Jury for the 2015 Absolut Art Award.

The Absolut Art Award offers an artist and an art writer a unique opportunity to realise a 'dream project', demonstrating our continued commitment to collaborating on transformative projects with the worlds’ most interesting creative talent. 

Each member of the 2015 Jury will invite two nominators, who range across multiple artistic disciplines and professional art backgrounds, to nominate five artists and one art writer unrestricted by age or geography, generating a maximum of fifty nominees for the 'Art Work' category and a maximum of ten nominees for the 'Art Writing' category. The Jury will select one winner in each category from a final shortlist of five artists and five art writers. 

The winning artist and writer will be announced during the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015, followed by an awards ceremony in September 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.  

The 2015 Absolut Art Award Jury

The Jury will be led by newly appointed Jury President Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum In New York and Artistic Director at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan.

The international Jury for the 2015 Absolut Art Award will include three additional distinguished curators: Magali Arriola, Curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong and Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, as well as Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine

Massimiliano Gioni

Massimiliano Gioni

Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong

Magali Arriola

Magali Arriola

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan

Negar Azimi

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