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Kandinsky prize winner Russian artist Alexey Beliavev-Guintovt prices boosted by continuing controversy

Posted by artradar on January 30, 2009

Beliayev-Guintovt Star

Beliayev-Guintovt Star



The Art Newspaper reports that Kandinsky Prize prize winner Alexey Beliavev-Guintovt continues to cause controversy and threatens a split amongst the supporters of the Russian contemporary art scene.

“These (art) unprecedented divisions in a community which hitherto has been more-or-less united to promote contemporary art in and outside Russia,” said Matthew Bown, a Russian art dealer based in London.

Artist accused of being fascist, jury member disavows vote

The debacle began on the night of the award ceremony when 2007 winner Anatoli Osmolovsky

stood up and lambasted Beliayev-Guintovt when he was announced the winner. In the days and weeks that followed, prominent dealers, critics and curators readily gave interviews accusing the artist of being a “fascist” and “ultra-nationalist” for his views, and his art style that harks back to Stalinist-era aesthetics.

Friedhelm Hutte, a jury member and representative of Deutsche Bank, the prize’s co-sponsor, retracted his vote for Beliayev-Guintovt in an interview with the German website,

Beliayev-Guintovt prices boosted by controversy

Whatever the state of the argument, and despite the economic downturn, the Kandinsky Prize and all the surrounding controversy have done the winner no harm at all. Triumph Gallery reports that prices of Beliayev-Guintovt’s works are up by 30%.

Source: The Art Newspaper

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Emerging artists Min Xiaofang, Kang Yongfeng and Song Yongjun win Chinese Art Prize awards 2008

Posted by artradar on January 16, 2009

The winners of the Chinese Art Prize 2008 are: Min Xiaofang (Gold) and Kang Yongfeng (Silver). The Viewers’ Choice Prize went to Song Yongjun.
In 2008 more than 1,000 emerging Chinese artists applied for the CAP. The jury narrowed the field to 25 finalists.
Gold Prize winner Min Xiaofang’s renders two meter-tall paintings of children’s homework – mathematics, grammar, English – all graded and corrected in red ink. 10cm-wide patches of white, which looks like correction fluid, add to the authentic appearance of the paintings. In certain pieces, hints of text on the reverse side of the original notebook pages are visible. Female artist Min’s work inspires viewers to ponder the content and meaning of what is being taught to children as if being viewed under a microscope.
CAP Silver Prize winner Kang Yongfeng paints twisted, mangled vehicles, with extremely thick chunks of metalwork-looking paint protruding off the canvas. Kang’s brushstrokes are so intertwined that the pieces appear to be almost abstract when viewed at close proximity.
The top 25 artists’ portfolios can be viewed online at: Also view other works by the prize winners on the site.
The Chinese Art Prize is the only annual art prize that focuses on young, emerging Chinese painters and hais the highest cash prize, 66,000 CNY [9650 USD], for any art competition in China.

CAP 2008 jury includes:

  • Gerard Goodrow (Director, Phillips de Pury, Germany; former Director, Art Cologne),
  • Daniela Bousso (Director, Paco das Artes, Brazil),
  • Ami Barak (Curator, “Art for the World,” Shanghai World Expo 2010; Curator, Art Forum Berlin 2007),
  • Linel Rebenchuk (Director, Toronto International Art Fair),
  • Du Xinjian (contemporary Chinese artist and former professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts),
  • Alexandra Seno (Writer).

Chinese Art Prize website

Min Xiaofang

Min Xiaofang

Song Yongjun

Song Yongjun


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Kandinsky prize won by Russian artist Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt, video of menacing ceremony

Posted by artradar on December 26, 2008

Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt

Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt






Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt won Russia’s top contemporary-art award, the Kandinsky Prize, with a series of nationalist paintings “Motherland-Daughter,” winning 40,000 euros ($52,500).

The prize, in its second year and named after Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky, aims to raise the profile of new art in Russia. It is sponsored by Art Chronika Foundation, Deutsche Bank AG and the Moscow-based holding company, IFD Kapital.

Beliayev-Guintovt beat two other finalists for Best Project. Boris Orlov’s “Parade of Astral Bodies,” is an installation of flying objects that mutate into Russian Imperial eagles. Dmitri Gutov’s “Used. Bicycle,” features an old bicycle and Soviet radio welded onto a metal frame.

Alexander Yakut

Alexander Yakut

Beliayev-Guintovt was discovered and nurtured in the 1990s by Moscow artist and gallery owner, Alexander Yakut. Earlier this year, Yakut’s gallery merged with Triumph, which has since invested heavily in him, holding an exhibition of the “Motherland-Daughter” series earlier this year.

In an interview before the ceremony, Beliayev-Guintovt says he supports Eurasian movements, which calls on Russia to ally itself with Asian countries, and oppose Western ideas and influence.

Other winners at the ceremony included Diana Machulina, who won Best Young Artist for “Trud, painting,” inspired by a news photo of a 1985 Communist Party congress; she beat other finalists, Anya Zhelud, and Grigory Yushchenko.

Menace at ceremony

Bloomberg  gives an amusing if frightening account of the award ceremony replete with rivalry, jeering and right wing militant masked men.

The three young men of PG Group who won Best Media Art Project  for “Mounting Mobile Agitation” about the images in the mind of a Russian teenager, came on stage wearing ski masks, announcing themselves to be the Moscow representatives of Somali pirates.

“The future belongs to people in masks,” one member of the group said, to a stunned audience. “Your fat-cat lifestyle will soon end and then you’ll all be hung up high.”

“We’re not joking,” he added.

Silence descended on the room, followed by meek applause.

You can see for yourself by taking a look at the video clip of the masked men in action here and more coverage from Reuters Russian art prize winner heckled for nationalism.

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Ullens Center shows three Chinese Contemporary Art Award winners

Posted by artradar on December 11, 2008

Liu Wei Purple Air

An exhibition of the works by the winners of the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards is on at the Ullens Center until December 21 2008.

About the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards

The  awards were founded by Uli Sigg in 1997 as a nonprofit entity to enhance the position of Chinese contemporary art both domestically and internationally. With the growth of the art market in the ensuing decade, the purpose of the awards has shifted to emphasize a critical position on the conversation over what constitutes meaningful art in current Chinese production. In the words of Uli Sigg, “The market is today the dominant force to validate artworks. To balance and enrich this debate, an institution such as the CCAA plays an important role.” The awards offer a platform for artists to become recognized on the world stage and to allow foreign curators to identify some of the most interesting art in greater China.

About the exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

”We are really proud to present CCAA at UCCA. In showing the 2008 award winning artists, UCCA is committed to the future of Chinese art and recognizes its value beyond market forces” said Jerome Sans, UCCA Director.

Liu Wei, Tseng Yu-Chin, Ai Weiwei, were selected by a jury committee consisting of

  • Hou Hanru, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of Exhibitions and Museum Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute;
  • Ken Lum, Canadian artist of Chinese heritage who has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, enjoyed a career in education, and has participated in many major exhibitions;
  • Gu Zhenqing, curator and critic in charge of the recently opened gallery Li Space;
  • Chris Dercon, Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich;
  • Ruth Noack, curator of Documenta 12;
  • Huang Du, independent curator and critic who co-curated the sixth Shanghai Biennale;
  • and Uli Sigg, founder of CCAA.

The artists were judged on the display of ‘original and unique talent in artistic creation’  to help stimulate debates about artistic value in the currently booming art market.

The exhibition of the winning artists’ works is accompanied by a publication written by Pauline Yao, who received the newly-established Chinese Contemporary Art Award for independent art criticism in 2008. (Buy book here)

Liu Wei (1972) – Best Artist

Liu Wei was born in 1972 and is based in Beijing. His installation and conceptual artworks have achieved great success on the international art scene. In his experiments, he continually revises his system of artistic production and methodically interrogates that which most artists take for granted. He has shaken our understandings of both the definition of contemporary art and the role played by the exhibition in this system. Liu Wei does not fear failure, and often begins again after unsatisfactory projects. In this way, he gestures towards a future beyond the current boom in the Chinese art market against a background of global production and consumption.

Ai Weiwei Descending




Tseng Yu-Chin – Best Young Artist

Tseng Yu-Chin, born in 1978 and based in Taipei, is recognized with the Best Young Artist award, creates work characterized by a deep and subtle humanism. He is largely concerned with the role of the individual in the context of a changing contemporary society, especially in terms of the perceived demise of traditional configurations of community and family; his practice, however, is also filled with hope and redemption. His films and videos are in turns compassionate and voyeuristic, pushing depiction of his subjects almost to a point of representational crisis. In this way, he pays homage to the pioneering video art of Zhang Peili while developing a unique aesthetic voice. These pieces often appear as video vignettes borrowed from a particular model of Taiwanese cinema, allowing his work to act as a bridge between the changing modernities of mainland China and Taiwan.

Ai Weiwei – Lifetime Achievement award

Ai Weiwei, born in 1957 and based in Beijing, is recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Perhaps no artist has mirrored the volatile and challenging history of Chinese contemporary art more deeply and accurately than Ai Weiwei. His work has transcended the category of contemporary art and penetrated the very heart of Chinese society, engaging with China’s complex social and political dynamics and contributing to its radically changing architectural and designed spaces.

“These exhibitions and this book will shed more light on the winning artists Liu Wei, Tseng Yu-Chin, and Ai Weiwei. They were selected in a very intense jury meeting and they deserve all the attention the CCAA book and exhibitions can create!”
-Uli Sigg

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Singapore artist Yeo Chee Kiong’s installation wins ‘richest’ Asian art prize – Bloomberg

Posted by artradar on November 4, 2008


Yeo Chee Kiong won the S$45,000 ($30,793) inaugural APB Foundation Signature Art Prize (images on website) for his installation “A Day Without a Tree,” originally shown last year at Singapore’s National Museum.

Yeo’s mixed-media work greeted visitors to the building, built in 1887, with what looked like a large puddle of white paint dripping from the walls as the columns of the four-story- high atrium melted. Yeo won the grand prize, the richest in Southeast Asia, sponsored by the Singapore Art Museum and Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd., maker of Tiger beer.

Yeo, born in 1970, said he decided to create a work based on the classical architecture because the museum was celebrating its 120th anniversary at the time of his installation.

“I tried to present something that you are not sure of,” he said in an interview at the Singapore Art Museum.

He declined to explain the work or its title.

“My position is not to tell you what it is. You have to figure that out for yourself,” he said.

Yeo was chosen from a shortlist of 12 artists from the region, including Malaysian Ahmad Fuad B. Osman, China’s Zheng Bo and India’s G.R. Iranna, who all won S$10,000 jurors’ choice awards. Mongolia’s Davaa Dorjderem won S$10,000 for the people’s choice, selected by online voters.

The award is part of a 15-year partnership between APB and the Singapore Art Museum signed a year ago. The APB Foundation has committed S$2.25 million in funding for the prize, which will be awarded every three years.

The 10 shortlisted works are on view at the Singapore Art Museum until Nov. 16.


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Korean Canadian artist Tim Lee takes Canada’s premier art award – Globe and Mail

Posted by artradar on October 9, 2008


The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s leading visual-art prize and its aim is to throw a spotlight every year on the work of one of this country’s most promising emerging artists. So when the announcement was made in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal in Toronto last Wednesday night that this year’s prize money ($50,000) has gone to the Vancouver artist Tim Lee, the moment held a subtle irony. As emerging artists go, you’d have to say Tim Lee is about as emerged as they come. Making work in the large-format Cibachrome photo medium of the international A-list (he also makes video and sculpture), Lee has already leapfrogged over the Canadian gallery system to find representation in the leading commercial galleries of the United States and Europe (Cohan & Leslie in New York, Johnen + Schottle in Cologne and Lisson Gallery in London). The 32-year-old is one of Canada’s most internationally acclaimed rising stars, his talents developed in a local art scene that some outsiders see as insufferably self-valorizing and others see as admirably supportive and nurturing. (The truth lies halfway between the two.) Following in the traditions of his hometown elders Jeff Wall, Ken Lum (who taught Lee at the University of British Columbia), Rodney Graham, Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace, his art is deeply rooted in the conceptual-art tradition of the seventies, but freshly minted with his own inquisitive and eccentric wit.

Competition for the award was stiff, with other contenders including the brilliant Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow, who enthralled his Toronto audience last Tuesday afternoon with a performance titled Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry, involving his live narration and a sequence of multi-part cartoon drawings illuminated by an overhead projector. (The story involved the artist’s fictitious account of his childhood days, a complex meditation on vision, loneliness and personal identity.) As well, Lee was up against the New York-based Canadian Terence Koh (a.k.a. asianpunkboy), whose stylish white-on-white installations and bad-boy posturing have made him a darling of the international art press.

Sitting down to talk just moments after the announcement, Lee was still carrying the champagne bottle that someone had given him and looking a little startled. Notwithstanding his many successes, he has the quiet, slightly introverted air of a scholar pulled involuntarily from the stacks of a library to blink in the spotlight.

Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy




I had a few practical questions about the work in the gallery upstairs, where the ROM is showcasing works by Lee and the other shortlisted candidates. One of his large two-part photographic works from 2006, titled Untitled (Neil Young, 1969) is a self-portrait of Lee playing an electric guitar, his slope-shouldered pose echoing Young’s trademark stance. Lee’s body, though, is pictorially segmented into its upper and lower parts, which are framed separately. Close inspection reveals that the grey band running vertically up the left side in the two shots is actually a concrete floor, snaked over with electrical cords. Correct for this and look at the pictures sideways, though, and Lee’s body is now hovering parallel to this floor.

Did he use digital manipulation to produce this gravity-defying effect? No, he explains, he shot the work in two parts, so that the upper and lower parts of his body, respectively, could be supported off-camera. It’s a photograph that lies, suggesting the simultaneity of one take when, in fact, it’s the product of two.

This approach to photography – taking an instrument assumed to be truth telling and making it bend reality – is of a piece with Lee’s Vancouver roots, whether one thinks of Jeff Wall’s digital manipulations for his giant backlit Cibachromes or Rodney Graham’s flamboyant looping narratives and sly simulations of historic materials.

Lee’s work will be featured at the upcoming Biennale of Sydney, Australia; in a fall 2008 solo exhibition at the Hayward gallery in London UK; and a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas. Tim Lee is represented by Cohan and Leslie Gallery in New York, NY; the Lisson Gallery in London, UK; and Johnen & Schöttle, in Cologne.

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Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha Receives Aldrich Museum’s 2008 Emerging Artist Award

Posted by artradar on August 8, 2008


Bhabha Bronze Feet

Bhabha Bronze Feet




The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has announced the selection of Huma Bhabha as the recipient of the museum’s 2008 Emerging Artist Award, notes e-flux.

Bhabha will debut an exhibition of new work at the museum this fall.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Bhabha earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York, and is represented by Salon 94 and ATM Gallery, New York.

The Aldrich Emerging Artist Award is administered and the recipient selected by the curatorial staff of the museum, which includes exhibitions director Richard Klein and director Harry Philbrick.

Beneficiaries of the award, which has been presented by the museum since 1997, receive a cash prize of five thousand dollars and the opportunity to exhibit at the Aldrich. Applications are not accepted for this award. Last year’s award recipient was Marti Cormand.

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Art prizes adding auctions and a charitable twist

Posted by artradar on August 8, 2008

Nominee Sovereign Prize

Nominee Sovereign Prize AES+F


ART PRIZE In 2003, Howard Bilton, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Sovereign Group, set up the Sovereign Asian Arts Prize, an annual award of $25,000 established “to give recognition to some of the most important artists of our time”.

Sovereign European Arts Prize

Two years later, he set up another prize for European artists, with a prize sum of €25,000 ($39,000). Both were ambitious projects – particularly considering that Bilton, a barrister by profession, does not profess to know much about art (although, he tells me, he did buy a painting by Craigie Aitchison in 1995 on a whim, the value of which rocketed almost immediately).

More than a dozen major prizes in UK alone

As Bilton found, it isn’t easy to create a buzz around a new European art prize. There are more than a dozen major prizes in the UK alone, including the John Moores Prize, the Turner Prize and the BP Portrait Award and the Jerwood Prizes, and new ones are being launched each year.

Sovereign prize different – incorporates auction

The Sovereign prizes represent a new and controversial phase in this history. The main difference between the Sovereigns and older models is that they offer an opportunity for buyers to bid at auction for the paintings by the 29 runners-up.

This year’s judges

This shortlist of 30 is chosen by a jury (this year Tim Marlow of the White Cube, Philly Adams of the Saatchi Gallery, Rachel Campbell-Johnston of The Times and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp) from a long-list nominated by “art world insiders”.

The winner is chosen by marking each work out of five – easier than having the jury in a room together, according to Bilton (although, when I call the Sovereign office just before the shortlist is announced, they seem to have lost Cocker up a mountain).

Supports charity

Half the proceeds of each sale will this year be given to Kids Company, a charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh to provide support to inner-city young people; the rest goes to the artist.

When I ask Bilton whether he has received any objections from galleries about a system that does away with their fee, he assures me that “they’re usually happy to participate because that 50 per cent goes to charity. Plus their artist gets to be on a prestigious shortlist”.

Credibility an issue?

But can such a young prize really have the prestige and effect that Bilton claims? His prize is distinctive, he says, because its focus is European and because its aims are philanthropic. Credibility is not an issue, he explains; each painting has been nominated by an expert.

Yet some art world insiders suggest that, notwithstanding their philanthropic aims, new art prizes can be riddled with problems.

Sceptics might wonder whether, by keeping the winning piece, Sovereign has found an inexpensive way of building a collection. There are precedents for prize-winning works forming collections – the John Moores prize-winners, for instance, go to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool – but here, the money is given to the artist in addition to the cost of acquiring the work. And, although entering a public collection can increase the value of an artist’s work, the Sovereign Foundation’s collection does not yet have the same kudos as other prizes.

Graham Crowley, former professor of painting at the Royal College of Art and winner of the John Moores Prize in 2006, has been on the jury for the Moores prize and several others. He suggests that the principle of combining art award and art auction is “bonkers” and constitutes “a patchwork quilt” of different aims.

John Moores prize

Crowley advocates the John Moores Prize because it is founded on a commitment to painting and because its judges are a “savvy bunch”, favouring practitioners over critics and – his pet hate – celebrity judges. He argues that art prizes gain authority only by building a reputation for picking artists who subsequently win wider recognition. Not all juries are capable of identifying talent in this way. “I’ve been on a jury where one celebrity couldn’t be bothered to come so his wife came instead,” he confides.

Crowley is also keen to challenge the assumption that winning an arts prize will increase the value of an artist’s work. He admits that the value of paintings by Peter Doig and Michael Raedecker rose by as much as 200 per cent soon after they won the John Moores Prize but says that the statistic should be treated with caution; such increases mark the juries’ ability to choose artists whose “stock was already rising”.

Philanthropy and auctions to become more common 

Despite such reservations, it seems likely that art prizes with a philanthropic twist will become more common. As well as understanding businessmen’s desire to give to charity, Bilton has clearly spotted the craze for auctions as a form of entertainment. At a time when more and more people are looking to invest in contemporary art as a part of their lifestyle, art prizes offer an attractive entry point at the lower end of the market. And there is always that dream, however unlikely, that a work acquired on a whim will increase in value to Hirstian heights.

Source: Financial Times

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