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John Edmonds, New York City, 2019. Photo: Hudson Bohr.

Brooklyn Museum Awards John Edmonds Inaugural UOVO Prize

The Brooklyn Museum announced today that photographer John Edmonds will be the recipient of the inaugural UOVO Prize, a $25,000 award that recognizes the work of emerging Brooklyn-based artists. The prize was established by the museum and the New York fine art storage company UOVO earlier this year. Known for his moving portraits of young black men, which engage with and challenge the art-historical canon, Edmonds will be invited to install a fifty-foot-by-fifty-foot public work on the facade of UOVO’s newest facility, which will open in Bushwick in the fall, and to stage a solo exhibition at the museum in 2020.

“Living and working in Brooklyn has deeply impacted and inspired my practice,” Edmonds said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to work with the staff at the Brooklyn Museum and have my first solo museum presentation in the borough I call home. Moreover, the public artwork with UOVO is an opportunity to examine themes central to my work, including the relationship between public and private perceptions. The way viewers encounter an image as a physical thing in time and space, instead of something reduced to the screen, has always been important to me, and I’m excited to engage with these concerns on a large scale.”

Born in Washington, DC, in 1989, Edmonds earned his MFA in photography from Yale University and his BFA at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. His photographs of black subjects and African sculptures are currently on view in the Whitney Biennial. Edmonds’s work is also featured in the Brooklyn Museum’s group exhibition “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” which closes on December 8.

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