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Dallas, TX (September 25, 2018) – The Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Isa Genzken as Winner of the 2019 Nasher Prize

Now in its fourth year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.

With a career spanning four decades, Isa Genzken has continually reinvented the language of sculpture, creating objects inspired by popular culture and historic events that explore the complexities of contemporary realism. Engaging a diverse range of media—such as, wood, plaster, concrete, textiles, and detritus—and working in a variety of modes, including photography, filmmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage—Genzken transforms vernacular materials into wholly unique forms, culling from everyday culture, including design, consumer goods, the media, architecture and urban environments. Her inventive, ad-hoc approach to making, as well as her fearless embrace of chaos and change has inspired a generation of artists, even as she continues to adapt, expand, and redefine her protean oeuvre.

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Dallas, TX (September 19, 2017) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces American artist Theaster Gates as the recipient of the 2018 Nasher Prize.

In its third year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.  Theaster Gates maintains an artistic practice that incorporates sculpture, painting, music, performance, architecture, urban planning, and social engagement. His projects cull from the material history of a place—physical, political, or cultural—in order to manifest a work that speaks to both the artist’s personal narrative and to the particular story of a building, a site, an object, or a people. As such, Gates’ method of using architecture, music, extant archives, and human interaction as material for his work creates dynamic ecosystems wherein everything—from the objects that he creates to the orchestrated exchange of ideas within communal space—is part of his sculptural practice.

Theaster Gates has expanded the definition of a sculptor through critical investigations of art history, memory, and materiality. Earning a B.S. from Iowa State University in ceramics and urban planning, Gates began his art career as a potter. He fuses a traditional sculptural training with materials that reify, archive, and memorialize the black American experience. From his conceptual soul food dinner party at Hyde Park Art Center in 2007 for which the artist introduced narrative to his pottery, to the debut of tar paintings at White Cube in 2015, to his deployment of archives that index the cultural history of the Black American experience, the artist elevates and expands the powerful tradition of object-making.

Theaster Gates was selected for his remarkable work by an international jury of museum directors, curators, artists, and art historians who demonstrate unparalleled expertise in the field of sculpture.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Pierre Huyghe as Winner of the 2017 Nasher Prize

French Artist Receives $100,000 in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Sculpture

Dallas, TX (September 26, 2016) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces French artist Pierre Huyghe as the recipient of the 2017 Nasher Prize. In its second year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor 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.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Installation of Plegaria Muda, a Major Work by Inaugural Nasher Prize Laureate Doris Salcedo

Large-scale piece highlights Salcedo’s powerful commitment to memorializing victims of violence

Dallas, Texas (January 25, 2016)— In honor of Doris Salcedo’s designation as the inaugural Nasher Prize Laureate, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents an installation of her 2008–10 work Plegaria Muda which will be on view from February 27–April 17, 2016.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Doris Salcedo as Inaugural Winner of the Nasher Prize

Colombian Sculptor Receives $100,000 in Recognition of Her Outstanding Contributions to the Field

Dallas, Texas, September 30, 2015 – The Nasher Sculpture Center announced today that Colombian artist Doris Salcedo will be the first recipient of the Nasher Prize, an annual international award presented to a living artist who has had an extraordinary impact on the field of sculpture. Salcedo was selected by an international jury and will receive the $100,000 prize, along with a commemorative award designed by architect Renzo Piano, at a gala dinner at the Nasher Sculpture Center on April 2, 2016.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Nasher Prize Dialogues, an International Series of Public Programs on Sculpture

First public program to be held in London, in association with The Henry Moore Institute and the Institute of Contemporary Arts

DALLAS, Texas (September 16, 2015) – Nasher Sculpture Center announces the formation of a new international platform for discourse on the topic of sculpture, Nasher Prize Dialogues. The series of public programs has been created in conjunction with the Nasher Prize, the recently inaugurated annual international prize for a living artist in recognition of a body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of sculpture.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Major Contributions to Inaugural Nasher Prize

Aston Martin and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Provide Major Financial Support to Co-sponsor Inaugural Nasher Prize

Nasher Sculpture Center Architect Renzo Piano Commissioned by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger to Design Award Object

Dallas, Texas, August 24, 2015 – Nasher Sculpture Center announces that several significant gifts have been made in support of the Nasher Prize, a new annual international award that will be presented to a living artist in recognition of a significant body of work. The Nasher Sculpture Center announces today as well that the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano has been commissioned to design the award object.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Establishes International Nasher Prize for Sculpture

$100,000 Annual Award to Recognize Outstanding Contributions to the Field

Phyllida Barlow, Lynne Cooke, Okwui Enwezor, Yuko Hasegawa, Steven Nash, Alexander Potts, and Nicholas Serota to Serve as Jury for Inaugural Prize.

Dallas, Texas, April 2, 2015 – The Nasher Sculpture Center today announced the creation of the Nasher Prize for sculpture, an annual international award that will be presented to a living artist in recognition of a significant body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form. The inaugural winner will be announced in fall of 2015, and will receive the award, which includes a $100,000 prize, on April 2, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

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Nasher Prize Jury Announcement

Nasher Sculpture Center announces the jury for the inaugural Nasher Prize.

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