Winners of Innovation art prize announced in Russia
A total of Rb1.5m ($50,000) is shared among artists, curators and writers
By The Art Newspaper. Web only
Published online: 03 April 2012
The winners of the seventh annual Innovation prize were announced at an awards ceremony at the Artplay Design Center in Moscow on 3 April. The prize is meant to promote and support Russian contemporary visual artists, as well as curators, writers and exhibitions. It distributes a total of 1.5m rubles among five categories—work of art, curator’s project, theory and criticism, new generation, and regional project—and presents special awards to those that have supported or contributed to contemporary art projects in the past year.
The winning work of art is by artist Alexander Brodsky for his project “Cisterna” (tank), which was shown at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art last year. The curator Viktor Misiano was awarded for his exhibition “Impossible Community” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russian Academy of Arts. The best regional project went to Eva Gozhondek, Stach Shablovsky, Irina Chesnokov, and Yevgeny Umansky for their project “Enclave”. Andrey Fomenko was awarded the prize in theory, criticism, art history for his book Soviet Photo Avant-Garde And The Concept Of Industrial-Utilitarian Art. And among the “new generation” of young artists, Taus Makhacheva was recognised for his video work “The Fast and the Furious”, which was also shown at the Moscow Biennale.
An exhibition of works by the nominees for the prize is on view at the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow until 1 May.
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