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Hugo Boss Prize recognises video art

The shortlisted artists include several working in new media, including Steve McQueen, Paul Chan and Camille Henrot

A panel of curators and museum directors has selected the finalists for the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, the New York Times reports. The award, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is given every two years to an important contemporary artist and the winner receives $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The six nominees are: Paul Chan, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, Steve McQueen and Charlene von Heyl.

Several artists on the shortlist specialise in video work. The filmmaker and video artist Steve McQueen won the 1999 Turner Prize and had a well-reviewed exhibition at the Schaulager in Basel earlier this year, while his feature film “12 Years a Slave” was nominated today for a Golden Globe Award. The French artist and filmmaker Camille Henrot won the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale this year for her 13-minute film juxtaposing wildlife footage with images of computer desktops. Hassan Khan, a London-born, Cairo-based video artist and sculptor who was featured in the New Museum’s most recent triennial, and Paul Chan, a New York-based artist who creates performances, projections and documentary videos, both address political issues in their works.

Some nominees will be less familiar to the Guggenheim’s audience than others. The German-born painter Charlene von Heyl has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, among others. Meanwhile, neither Khan nor Sheela Gowda, a sculpture and installation artist who works in Bangalore, has had a solo museum show in the US.

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