Absolut has announced the winners of this year’s Absolut Art Award. Anne Imhof was awarded the 2017 prize for an artwork, and Huey Copeland the prize for art writing. They will each receive roughly $20,000 as well as a budget to produce new work. Imhof will be granted $110,000 to fund her next project, and Copeland, a contributing editor at Artforum, will receive more than $25,000 for the development of a new art publication in collaboration with a leading publishing house. An award ceremony to honor the winners will take place in Stockholm in September.
Led by Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the jury comprised Simon Castets, director and curator of the Swiss Institute in New York and cofounder of 89plus; Elena Filipovic, director and chief curator of Kunsthalle Basel; Polly Staple, director of Chisenhale Gallery in London; and Jack Bankowsky, critic, curator, and editor at large at Artforum.
The jury selected the winners based on their submitted proposals. Imhof plans to make a film in the salt desert in Death Valley, California. “Although drawing on previous performances, the work will represent the beginning of something new in Imhof’s career in that it exchanges the white cube for the Badwater Basin, pushing the production outside the parameters offered by an art institution,” the jury said in a statement. Copeland was recognized for his proposal for the book Touched by the Mother, a collection of essays that examines the various perspectives on the discourse around American art over the past fifty years.
“Congratulations to Anne Imhof and Huey Copeland—this year’s winners of the 2017 Absolut Art Award. Selected from an amazing group of finalists, Daniel and the jury have chosen two incredible winners whose projects we are excited to help realize in the coming months,” Saskia Neuman, global art manager at Absolut, said.