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Studio Museum director Thelma Golden and Simone Leigh. Photo: Scott Rudd

Simone Leigh Wins $50,000 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, has selected Simone Leigh as the winner of the 2017 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an annual award that recognizes African American artists. She will receive $50,000.

The New York–based artist describes her practice as an object-based ongoing exploration of black female subjectivity. Her works—sculptures, videos, and installations—often reflect her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism, and performance. Several of Leigh’s sculptures are currently on view in the New Museum’s exhibition “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” which closes in January 2018.

Leigh received the prize at the Studio Museum’s gala honoring architect David Adjaye, who is leading the design of the institution’s new building, on Monday, October 30. Previous recipients of the prize include Derrick Adams, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Lorna Simpson. For more on Simone Leigh, see her 500 Words from 2015 on artforum.com.

 

 

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