Prix Canson 2016
Please join us in congratulating artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby as the winner of the Prix Canson 2016.
You can view Njideka Akunyili Crosby's work and that of all the finalist (ruby onyinyechi amanze, Bethany Collins, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer) at The Drawing Center through July 1.
For this special short exhibition we are open to the public every day including Mondays and Tuesday, 12-6pm | 12-8pm on Thursday | Free admission.
The Prix Canson, one of the most prestigious annual drawing prizes in the world, is partnering with The Drawing Center to exhibit the works of their 2016 finalists from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Canson® and The Drawing Center are linked by their shared passion for drawing and by their ambition to promote art to wide and diverse audiences. Past Prix Canson exhibitions have been held in major museums and galleries in Paris and Barcelona. Previous winners of the Prix Canson have been: Fabien Mérelle (2010), Ronald Cornelissen (2011), Virginia Chihota (2013), and Simon Evans (2014). These winners represent the best artists today worldwide who are working with drawing. The Prix Canson president for 2016 is the world-renowned Brazilian artist Tunga. He will be joined by a jury of top museum directors, curators, and collectors in the art world. During the Prix Canson exhibition at The Drawing Center, Canson® will host a series of talks, presentations, and events with the finalists for the public and press.
2016 PRIX CANSON FINALISTS
ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982 - Lives and works in New York City)
Bethany Collins (b. 1984 - Lives and works in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983 - Lives and works in Los Angeles)
David Shrigley (b. 1968 – Lives and works in Glasgow)
Lucy Skaer (b. 1975 - Lives and works in Glasgow)
2016 PRIX CANSON JURY
Tunga, Artist (Rio de Janeiro) – President of the Jury
Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center (New York) – Vice President of the Jury
Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, MET (New York)
Bice Curiger, Artistic Director, Vincent van Gogh Foundation Arles and
editor-in-chief, Parkett (Zürich)
Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York)
Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, MOCA (Los Angeles)
Frédéric Paul, Curator, MNAM/ Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
Katherine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA (London)
Michaël Woolworth, Art Printer (Paris)
Image: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nyado: The Thing Around Her Neck, 2011. Charcoal, acrylic, colored pencil, lace, collage and transfers on paper. 7ft x 7ft. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, London.
Upcoming Free Events:
Wed, June 22 at 6pm
Conversation between Prix Canson 2016 Juror, Brett Littman, curator and Executive Director at The Drawing Center and 2016 Prix Canson finalist Lucy Skaer.
Wed, June 29 at 6pm
Conversation between Prix Canson 2016 Juror, Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and 2016 Prix Canson Finalist ruby onyinyechi amanze.
Jackie Ferrara: Lines consists of eight wall drawings, each anchored by imagined architecture or architectural elements along with lists of film titles rendered in Morse code. The Morse code acts as a foundation or band, interrupting the drawn architecture or adding another layer over the entire surface. The underlying theme of the individual drawings is reflected both in the architectural element or shape dominating the drawing as well as by the Morse code text, which consists of curated lists of films Ferrara began compiling in 1993 that reflect her life-long passion for film. Vampire Towers, for example, depicts nine abstract, dark towers that emerge out of a foundation of vampire film titles veiled in Morse code. This commission reflects the ongoing evolution of Ferrara’s work, incorporating elements of the established language of her sculpture and public art works and bringing them to the walls of The Drawing Center.
Curated by Olga Valle Tetkowski, Exhibition Manager
Jackie Ferrara: Lines is made possible by The Drawing Center’s Exhibition Fund members. Special thanks to Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz.
Photo: Installation View, Lab Corridor. 2016. Photo by Martin Parsekian.
Representation of Dark Matter
Further activating The Drawing Center's newly designed exhibition spaces, each year an artist will be invited to create a wall drawing in the gallery’s main entryway and stairwell. The Center continues this initiative in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma (b. 1975, Mazamet, France).
For his first U.S. museum presentation, Abdelkader Benchamma will create an astronomical vortex in the strikingly graphic large-scale drawing, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015. Comprised of a series of linear abstractions and nebulous, inkblot forms the work is a highly articulated depiction of the complexity of the solar system and its nearly imperceptible dark matter. The image’s swirling masses of lines are intricately rendered to resemble scientific illustrations of the Big Bang and explosive cosmic forces. Benchamma’s monochromatic use of such drawing tools as black felt-tip pens, India ink, and charcoal against the gallery wall’s pristine surface will result in a subtle array of tones and textures that straddles the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. As an occult mapping of time and space, this immersive installation gives form to that which is infinitely large and perpetually transforming.
Curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Adjunct Assistant Curator.
Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter is made possible by the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and galerie du jour agnes b., Paris.
Studio 360 radio on "How Do You Draw Dark Matter".
Image: Abdelkader Benchamma, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015, Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and galerie du jour agnes b., Paris. (Installation photo by Jose Andres Ramirez.)