Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Mark Langer, Chairman and CEO, HUGO BOSS AG, announced tonight that artist Anicka Yi has been awarded the Hugo Boss Prize 2016. Yi is the 11th artist to receive the biennial prize, which was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art, and marks its 20th anniversary this year. The prize carries an award of $100,000 and is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Yi’s work will be presented in a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, opening in April 2017.
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, stated: “The Hugo Boss Prize is a pillar of the Guggenheim’s contemporary program and we are proud to be commemorating its illustrious 20-year history. Since 1996, the project has identified and celebrated artists working at the forefront of cultural production, and we thank the many eminent international curators and critics who have served as jurors over the past two decades. We congratulate the 2016 prize winner, Anicka Yi, and applaud each of this year’s nominees for their groundbreaking work.”
A jury selected Yi from a short list of six finalists, which also included Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens, and Wael Shawky. The 2016 jury comprises Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Elena Filipovic, Director/Chief Curator, Kunsthalle Basel; Michelle Kuo, Editor in Chief, Artforum International; and Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Hugo Boss Prize honors the work of remarkable artists whose practices are among the most innovative and influential of our time.
The jury statement describes their decision: “In recognition of the milestone 20th anniversary marked by this year’s prize, we carefully considered the spirit of the project over the past two decades and the innovatory achievements represented by the list of past recipients. In selecting Anicka Yi as the winner from an exceptionally strong group of nominated artists, we wish to highlight the singularity of her vision and the generative new possibilities for artistic production offered by her practice. We are particularly compelled by the way Yi’s sculptures and installations make public and strange, and thus newly addressable, our deeply subjective corporeal realities. We also admire the unique embrace of discomfort in her experiments with technology, science, and the plant and animal worlds, all of which push at the limits of perceptual experience in the ‘visual’ arts. The artist gives material and olfactory form to complex networks of ideas, imbuing her unusual materials with both political and psychological urgency. We eagerly look forward to her exhibition at the Guggenheim this coming spring.”
“The Hugo Boss Prize marks a highlight in our partnership with the Guggenheim Museum and we are proud that it has now been at the core of our arts program for 20 years,” noted Mark Langer, Chairman and CEO, HUGO BOSS AG. “We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the winner and express our gratitude to the jury and the Guggenheim Museum for their dedication and support.”