John Jones Art on Paper Award for Luis Camnitzer and Hassan Sharif
2012-04-08 To 2012-04-08
John Jones are delighted to announce Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer
as the joint winners of the inaugural John Jones Art on Paper Award! The
dual recipients of the award are both represented by New York gallery
Alexander Gray Associates (Stand 22 at Art Dubai) and were selected by
prize judges Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and Janah Hilwe.
The jury of the award stated 'We have chosen for the inaugural prize
the pairing drawn between Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer by Alexander
Gray Associates. Both artists have had consequent drawing practices for
many decades. Bringing their work together made us think anew about each
artist's work and created an unexpected encounter. As Diaghilev and
Cocteau said: 'Etonnez-moi.'
Sharif and Camnitzer will be given the opportunity to present a
dedicated exhibition in Dubai between March 2012-2013, and in addition
to the artists receiving a cash prize, the winning works will be
acquired for the John Jones Contemporary Art Collection in London.
Whilst the prize was originally meant to be awarded to one artist, the
judges were compelled by the gallery's pairing of work by Sharif and
Camnitzer, which brings together artists from two different continents
who are pioneers in advancing conceptual art across the globe, yet have
never met. Following this unexpected result, we are determining what
format the award will subsequently take and an announcement will be made
in the next few weeks.
Our Managing Director Matt Jones stated "This slightly curve ball
decision from the judges presents an incredible opportunity - these are
two important artists whose work offers many parallels and the idea that
our award could enable them to meet and work together is very exciting.
Dubai has a history as a melting pot of collaborations and crossovers
so it seems particularly relevant for this to have happened here."