TURNER PRIZE TO JEREMY DELLER
The £25,000 Turner Prize for 2004 was presented to Jeremy Deller at Tate Britain on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004. Deller, 38, is known for videos, photographs, recordings, books, and large scale public performances delving into British and world history. The Battle of Orgreave (2001), for instance, restaged a 1984 clash between English coal miners and police, while Memory Bucket, a film made during a 2003 residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, compares the Branch Davidian compound in Waco and George W. Bush's homestead in Crawford.
"You don't really do things like this to win prizes," Deller said at the award ceremony, which was broadcast on Channel 4. "You do it to satisfy yourself. Ultimately it's a personal thing." The Turner Prize exhibition, remains on view at Tate Britain through Dec. 23, 2004, and also includes works by the other short-listed artists: Langlands and Bell, Yinka Shonibare and Kutlug Ataman. Thanks to new sponsorship by Gordon's Gin, the three runners-up also receive £5,000 each.
According to the London bookie William Hill, Deller was the favorite to win the prize, with odds going 6/4 in his advantage, compared to Shonibare (5/2), and Ataman and Langlands and Bell (both 3/1).
LOUVRE TO MOVE (SORT OF)
The opening of the long-planned satellite branch of the Louvre Museum , dubbed Louvre II, has been set for spring 2009 in the northern French town of Lens near the Belgian border. The new regional facility is to house approximately 600 works from the labyrinth of the Louvre's vast storage space. The brainchild of French culture minister Jean Jacques Aillagon, the baby Louvre plans to host exhibitions from around the world. The new 172,000-square-foot building is slated to cost around €100,000,000.
The Louvre is also spilling its contents onto American shores by establishing a U.S. outpost at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Beginning in 2006, the Louvre is lending hundreds of works for exhibition in a new $130-million wing of the High Museum in Atlanta, currently under construction. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the High is paying at least $10 million for the loan.
McEVILLY HEADS NEW ART CRITICISM PROGRAM
Art critics are hot! New York's School of Visual Arts is launching a new MFA degree in art criticism and writing in fall 2005, headed by legendary classicist and art writer Thomas McEvilly. According to the new chair, a veteran of Rice University, Yale and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the coursework will be rigorous, and complemented by lectures by critics visiting from around the world.
HIRSCHHORN TAKES BEUYS PRIZE
Paris-based Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn has won the Joseph Beuys Prize for 2004, a purse of 50,000 Swiss Francs (€32,500). The prize is presented by the Joseph Beuys Foundation, which seeks to award artists who make works that "inhabit the Conceptual Universe of Joseph Beuys."
ARTADIA GRANTS Artadia, the organization founded by art patron Christopher Vroom to provide fellowships to artists in cities across the U.S. [see "Artnet News," Apr. 22, 2003], has announced the winners of grants in Houston and Chicago for 2004. Houston winners of $15,000 grants are Amy Blakemore, Wesley Heiss, Laura Lark, Aaron Parazette and Robert Pruitt; $1,500 awards went to the The Art Guys, Amita Bhatt, Rachel Cook, Joseph Havel, Joseph Ives, Eileen Maxson, Karyn Olivier, Matthew Sontheimer, Jason Villegas and Allison Wiese.
Chicago winners of $15,000 are Dianna Frid, Brian Kapernekas and Judy Ledgerwood; $1,500 prizes go to Phyllis Bramson, Davis/Langlois, Andreas Fischer, Katy Fischer, Joseph Grigley, Deva Maitland, and John Parot, additional finalists include, Luke Batten, Kara Braciale, Stephanie Brooks, Tyler Cufley and Ken Fandell. The jurors for Chicago were Peter Norton Family Foundation curator Anne Ellegood, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis director Paul Ha, and Lorelei Stewart, director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Houston award jury included Alison deLima Greene, Studio Museum in Harlem curator Christine Kim and Chicago MCA curator Elizabeth Smith. For more info, see www.artadia.org.
$100 MILLION FOR MIAMI ART MUSEUM
The Miami Art Museum may finally be able to move out of its dumpy downtown building, thanks to a new bond issue passed by Miami-Dade County voters. The measure provides $100 million towards a new museum facility and sculpture park in Museum Park, a 29-acre site in Bicentennial Park on Miami's scenic Biscayne Bay. According to MAM director Suzanne Delahanty, the price tag for the new structure is $200 million.
MITCHELL PRIZE TO COLIN BAILEY Frick Collection chief curator Colin B. Bailey has received the Mitchell Prize for 2004 for his book, Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris (Yale University Press). Founded in 1977 by the collector and philanthropist Jan Mitchell, the prize is the art history world's version of the Pulitzers. It comes with a cash purse of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.
HUGO BOSS TO TIRAVANIJA Rikrit Tiravanija has won the Hugo Boss Award for 2004, a $50,000 prize established by the German clothing company in 1996. Tiravanija beat out a short-list that included Franz Ackermann, Rivane Neuenschwander, Jeroen de Rijke, Willem de Rooij, Simon Starling, and Yang A. Fudong. The Guggenheim opens an exhibition of Tiravanija's works, Mar. 11-June 5, 2005.
NEW STAFF AT MAD
Manhattan's Museum of Arts & Design (MAD), formerly known as the American Craft Museum, has named Dorothy Twining Globus as curator and Carolyn Cohen as development officer. Globus is a vet of 20 years at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design and seven years atthe Museum at F.I.T.