At the Guggenheim on Thursday night, Paul Chan (b. 1973, Hong Kong) was named the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize. The Guggenheim Foundation administers the biennial $100,000 prize given to an artist whose contributions to contemporary art are considered outstanding.
“The prize is firmly established as one of the art world’s most resonant accolades, honoring contemporary practices of enduring power and influence," said Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. "I’m delighted that the Guggenheim and HUGO BOSS are presenting the tenth iteration of this biennial award.”
The prize's jury voted unanimously for Chan. His work encompasses animated film projection, anti-war video, and experimental publishing. An exhibition of Chan's work will be mounted in 2015 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Artist Steve McQueen, a finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize 2014, withdrew his candidacy because of previous commitments, such as promoting the film "Twelve Years a Slave," the Guggenheim stated. Besides Chan, this year's nominees included:
- Sheela Gowda (b. 1957, Bhadravati, India)
- Camille Henrot (b. 1978, Paris)
- Hassan Khan (b. 1975, London)
- Charline von Heyl (b. 1960, Mainz, Germany