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Bernar Venet Wins 2016 Lifetime Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Award

The French sculptor Bernar Venet received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in New York on Monday.

On March 3, Venet unveiled an twenty-five-foot (8-meter) tall sculpture titled Disorder 9 Uneven Angles in New York's Union Square. The sculpture will remain on view through June 2016.

French-born Venet rose to prominence in New York, where he settled in 1966. He attracted attention for his innovative and thought-provoking sculptures that included Tar paintings, cardboard reliefs, and the iconic Tas de charbon (Pile of Coal), one of the first sculptures with variable dimensions.

He was previously honored with the French government’s insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, and had his first retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. He participated in Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977 and has also been included in the Paris, Venice, and São Paulo Biennales. His work is represented in many major collections, including that of MoMA, the Guggenheim, and Centre Pompidou.

Founded in 1991, the award recognizes sculptors who have made major contributions to the field of sculpture and is presented by the International Sculpture Center, based in New Jersey. Other past recipients of the award include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Fletcher Benton, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Catlett, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude.