Bennett Prize 2021

Image: Ayana Ross, Learn, oil on wood, 2020, 36 x 48 x 2 inches.


Ayana Ross

Bennett Prize

Painter Ayana Ross, of McDonough, Georgia, has won the prestigious 2021 Bennett Prize, a prize offered solely to women figurative painters. Ross’s work explores identity and cultural awareness in the everyday lives of African Americans in the American South. Her paintings create story fragments that invite viewers to insert themselves and see their own experiences in her work.

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BMW Art Journey 2021

Image: Julien Creuzet, from the land of our fathers / of our landless fathers / of our working mothers / from our mothers of hell, / singing on the other side (…), 2019. Metal, plastic, mesh, fabric, string, electrical wiring. 222 x 110 x 65 cm. Allied Chemical and Dye, High Art, Paris, 2019, exhibition view.


Julien Creuzet

BMW Art Journey

Created in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW aiming to promote emerging artists around the world. Julien Creuzet is rewarded by the funding of a journey around an artistic project. The artist will travel this summer to Martinique, his homeland, to undertake a "journey combining personal discoveries and environmental concerns". There he will work closely with a group of art students from Fort-de-France, as well as filmmakers and musicians, in order to produce a series of hybrid sculptures of fauna of the Antilles and plastic as well as industrial objects, in a gesture of circularity. The next stage of his journey will take place in Guadeloupe, where the artist will film underwater and drone scenes. Julien Creuzet will also meet with local actors to design a “Caribbean road movie” involving fiction, documentary, poetry and 3D creation.

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Turner Bursaries 2020

Image: View of installation "Undo Things Done" by Sean Edwards, Wales in Venice, 2019.
© Jamie Woodley. Courtesy of the Artist and Tanya Leighton gallery, Berlin.


Turner Bursaries

The Turner Prize, was not given out in 2020 because of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tate Britain, which has organised the prize since 1984, said it would be impossible to organise the annual nominees' exhibition. Instead, to help support even more artists during this exceptionally difficult time, the jury has selected 10 artists to receive bursaries. The artists were chosen for their significant contributions to new developments in British contemporary art. The chosen artists are Arika, a political arts organisation based in Edinburgh, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta and Alberta Whittle.

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Prix de dessin de la Fondation
d’art contemporain
Daniel & Florence Guerlain

Image: Françoise Pétrovitch, Fumeur, lavis d’encre sur papier, 160 x 120 cm, 2019.
Courtesy Semiose, Paris. © A. Mole.


Françoise Pétrovitch

Prix de dessin

Françoise Pétrovitch was born in Paris in 1964. A self-taught artist, she lives and works in Cachan. Her work is part of the Florence and Daniel Guerlain Collection and Donation at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, and in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, and the Beaux-Arts museums in Rennes and Chambéry. She is represented by Galerie Semiose in Paris.

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pour les artistes femmes 2021

Image: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Mao’s Organ, 2007. Polished bronze and red silk cord.
© Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC NY, © Barbara Chase-Riboud


Barbara Chase-Riboud

Prix d'honneur

Barbara Chase-Riboud was born in 1939 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA). She lives and works in Paris, Rome and Milan. A sculptor, poet and novelist, Barbara Chase-Riboud began her artistic training at the age of seven, at the Philadelphia Museum and the Fleisher Art Memorial. She was just sixteen when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York acquired one of her first works. She studied at Temple University and Yale, where she was the first African-American woman to gain a Master’s degree from Yale School of Architecture. Barbara Chase-Riboud is also well known for her literary work.

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Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020

Image: View of the installation "Flowers for Africa" by Kapwani Kiwanga for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020.
© Bertrand Prévost


Kapwani Kiwanga

Prix Marcel Duchamp

Born in 1978 in Hamilton, Canada, Kapwani Kiwanga lives and works in Paris. The artist uses methods from the social sciences to deconstruct the narratives that nourish the vision of the contemporary geopolitical sphere. Her project "Flowers for Africa", presented for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, initiated in 2013 during a residency in Senegal, continues today. By carrying out iconographic research, Kapwani Kiwanga has focused on the presence of flowers during diplomatic events linked to the independence of African countries. Arranged on negotiation tables, on platforms or even during parades, these floral arrangements become testimonies of these historic moments.

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Prix ellipse 2021

Image: Ndokette Session, And, Photograph, print on Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308g archival paper.


Ibrahima Ndome

Prix ellipse

Ibrahima Ndome is the winner of the Prix ellipse's first edition. An initiative developed by the Ellipse Art Projects endowment fund, honouring each year the artistic creation of an sub-Saharan African or Asian country; while at the same time raising collective awareness of the environment through the messages conveyed by the artists. Ibrahima Ndome (Dakar) is part of the Atelier Ndokette collective, alongside Safi Niang (Conakry/Paris) and Souleymane Bachir Diaw (Dakar/Paris). Ndokette is the Senegalese word for tunic, it aims to represent the Senegalese cultural heritage perduring through time. They have been working together since 2019 and use photography and fashion design as their main mediums to question this notion of temporality through artistic experimentation.

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