Absolut Jury Led By Daniel Birnbaum Finally Names Eleven Finalists For 2017 Absolut Art Awards

By Johny Smith on Jan 29, 2017 11:35 AM EST

Absolut has announced the finalists in the 2017 Absolut Art Award. The 2017 Jury has selected five art writers for the Art Writing category and a shortlist of six artists for the Art Work category from a total of 49 nominated artists and art writers.

The finalists in the Art Writing category are Huey Copeland, Johanna Fateman, Orit Gat, Isabelle Graw, and Shanay Jhaveri. The Finalists in the Art Work category are Simon Denny, Anne Imhof, Shahryar Nashat, Cameron Rowland, Anicka Yi, and Samson Young.

According to Art Lyst, 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 announced 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 winner of the new Emerging Artist Award category for individuals under 40 who have collaborated with the brand creatively from January 2015 to February 2017 will be selected from a list of nominees by the 2017 Jury and announced with the Art Work and Art Writing categories in Venice in May says Art News.

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.

Daniel Birnbaum said in a statement that working with this year's jury has been a rare adventure. He also added that it was such a privilege to have a group of extremely knowledgeable critics and curators locked in a room for days knowing that they were not allowed to leave until they had selected a group of artists who they truly believed to be the most important working today.

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