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Paul Chan Wins 2014 Hugo Boss Prize

Artist Paul Chan has been selected this year’s winner of the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize, according to Carol Vogel in the New York Times. The Hong Kong–born artist will receive $100,000. He was chosen from a shortlist that also included Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. Chan has maintained a diverse practice; elements of his oeuvre range from light projections to created typographies. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial (2006), the Istanbul Biennial (2007), the Sydney Biennial (2008), and the Venice Biennale (2009). He’s also known for his performances of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and more recently for starting a publishing imprint called Badlands Unlimited.

Said Nancy Spector, chair of the jury, “Paul’s protean ability to work across multiple platforms from his videos to his more elegiac light pieces and community-based performances is what particularly stood out.”

Following the prize’s announcement, Badlands asked Chan to comment: “I’m afraid the success comes from a complete misunderstanding of my work,” Chan replied.

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