Pierre Huyghe, Winner of the 2017 Nasher Prize

September 28, 2016 | By FRENCH CULTURE HOUSTON
Pierre Huyghe | Photo credit: Philippe Quaisse

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX announces French artist Pierre Huyghe as the winner of the 2017 Nasher Prize. In its second year, the $100,000 Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture honoring a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities. 

Pierre Huyghe has profoundly expanded the parameters of sculpture through artworks encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines, bringing music, cinema, dance, and theater into contact with biology and philosophy, incorporating time based elements that vary in intensity, as diverse as fog, ice, parades, rituals, automata, computer programs, video games, dogs, bees, and microorganisms. Huyghe has consistently sought new ways to bring together unconventional and heterogeneous materials into a practice exceeding the sum of its multifarious parts.

Pierre Huyghe was selected by an international jury comprised of Phyllida Barlow, artist; Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Art; Okwui Enwezor, Director, Haus der Kunst; Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT); Steven A. Nash, founding Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center and Director Emeritus of the Palm Springs Art Museum; Alexander Potts, art historian; and Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate. This year, the jury also welcomed two new members, artist Huma Bhabha and Pablo León de la Barra, UBS MAP Curator, Guggenheim.

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