In November, the international jury will announce the winner of the highly regarded Hugo Boss Prize 2014. The five finalists include Paul Chan, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan and Charline von Heyl. The winner, nominated by a panel of jury comprising leading curators, critics and scholars, will receive a stipend of USD100, 000 and will have their oeuvre honoured with a solo exhibition at the renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The Hugo Boss Prize was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It honours international contemporary artists irrespective to their age, gender, nationality or chosen medium. Considered as one of art world’s most resonant accolades, the award ceremony takes place biennially and is on its tenth rendition.
The five finalists of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 are:
Born in Hong Kong and based in New York, Paul Chen engages in a wide variety of media, including video art, animated projections and community based performance projects. He also draws with charcoal.
Sheela Gowda is an Indian artist based in Bangalore. Her artwork consists of paintings, installations and sculptures made in unusual materials closely associated with Indian culture. Some materials used by her included herbs, hair or gold leaf.
Camille Henrot is a French artist and filmmaker living in Paris and New York. Her videos and animations raise questions about the history of technology and society. She received the Sliver Lion for her contribution to the Venice Biennale.
Hassan Khan’s interdisciplinary works focuses on historical and cultural issues. Communication, language and gesture play an important role in defining his work. The Egyptian artist lives and works in Cairo.
Charline von Heyl
New York-based Charline von Heyl is a German artist known for her abstract paintings. She won the Wex Artist Residency in 2010.