Monday, April 04, 2005

Small Slight Comparison


It came to my attention this morning (via Lenny at DC Art News, thanks) that there's this organization in Maryland (roughly the size of Prince Edward Island, here) gives out an arts prize. It is called the Trawick Prize. It is worth $10,000 US (currently worth $12,158 Canadian).

The Canadian government gives arts prizes worth $15,000 Canadian (currently worth $12,341 US - or not that much more). And people wonder why Canadian artists have a profile that is slightly higher, internationally than artists from Maryland.

For reference purposes, the New York Times just published two articles about the explosion in arts prizes.

This is the competition:
Turner Prize
Host: Tate Britain.
Established: 1984.
Frequency: annual.
Amount: £25,000 plus £5,000 to each of the three runners-up.
Most recent winner: Jeremy Deller, 2005.

Artes Mundi Prize
Host: National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
Established: 2004.
Amount: £40,000.
Most recent winner: Xu Bing, 2004.

Baloise Art Prize
Host: Art Basel fair, Switzerland.
Established: 1999.
Amount: 25,000 Swiss francs.
Most recent winners: Aleksandra Mir and Tino Sehgal, 2004.

Beck's Futures
Sponsored by and named for the beer giant. The prize's Web site calls support of contemporary art "core to Becks U.K. marketing since 1985."
Host: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Established: 2000.
Amount: £24,000.
Most recent winner: Saskia Olde Wolbers, 2004.

BlueOrange Prize
Host: Martin-Gropius-Bau, sponsored by the BVR banking association in Germany and held in the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin.
Established: 2004
Amount: 77,000 euros
Most recent winner: Francis Alÿs, 2004.

Hugo Boss Prize
Host: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Established: 1996.
Amount: $50,000 US. The winner also gets a solo exhibition at the museum.
Most recent winner: Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2004.

Bucksbaum Award
Host: Whitney Museum of American Art. The Bucksbaum is a prize-within-a-prize, given to an artist who has secured a coveted slot in the museum's Biennial.
Established: 2000.
Most recent winner: Raymond Pettibon, 2004.

Lucelia Artist Award
Host: Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Established: 2001.
Amount: $25,000 US.
Most recent winner: Kara Walker, 2004.

The Vincent van Gogh Biannual Award of Contemporary Art in Europe [no website]
Host: Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prize is supported by the state.
Established: 2000.
Amount: 50,000 euros
Most recent winner: Pawel Althamer, 2004.

As I've said before, if the GG Awards would become the GG Award, we'd be getting way more bang for our buck. However, now upon some reflection, naw - that ain't the way to go. 'Cuz the Quebec government's prize does come with the big bucks. What they need to do is stop concentrating on the old folk (good thing Ms. Sullivan won it this year - if I had been on the jury, I would have sent her out to the old folk's farm) and give it to the young folk!

[Update - April 5, AM] I almost forgot, over at Artblog, Franklin has his own small slight comparison about Art Prizes. And for the dense folk reading this - my line about Ms. Sullivan is a joke!

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