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Bernar Venet and Kiki Smith Win 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Contemporary Sculpture

The artists Kiki Smith and Bernar Venet have been named winners of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards, given in New York on Monday.

Venet was previously honored with the French government’s insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, and had his first retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. He participated in Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977 and has also been included in the Paris, Venice, and São Paulo Biennales. His work is represented in many major collections, including that of MoMA, the Guggenheim, and Centre Pompidou.

Smith’s art has been included in three Whitney Biennial exhibitions. Her prints were featured in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2003, and a 2005 retrospective of her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art later traveled to the Walker Museum and the Whitney. She is the recipient of the US State Department Medal of Arts and was named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Founded in 1991, the award recognizes sculptors who have made major contributions to the field of sculpture and is presented by the International Sculpture Center, based in New Jersey. Other past recipients of the award include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Fletcher Benton, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Catlett, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In New York tomorrow, March 3, Venet will unveil a new twenty-five-foot tall sculpture titled Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles in Union Square, where it will remain on view through June 2016.