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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye takes top honors at the Future Generation Art Prize

10 December 2012

Last weekend, the PinchukArtCentre announced the winner Future Generation Art Prize, along with a slew of “special” prizes, each boasting a description too long to capitalize (but also a $20,000 artist-in-residency grant.)

The top honor – a $100,000 award – went to London-based painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, whose works  and have been featured in biennales in Gwangju, Lyon, and New York (as one of “The Ungovernables.”) According to the release:

The jury has awarded the Main Prize to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her extraordinary paintings where darkness and light are articulated together, recognizing the quality of the paintings and the social concerns that emerge from them. Furthermore, the jury awards the prize for her complex practice, which extends far beyond painting. Indeed, she is also active in literature as a writer of short stories and is currently working on a novel.

As a Partner Platform of the contest, we are proud to see one of our nominees – the terrific Jonathas de Andrade – among the special prizes ”for the way he fills the blank between art and ideology.”

Tracing back to modernist motifs used in the architectural and mural traditions of Brazil which risk vanishing from the collective memory, his conceptual installations translate and reveal the contradiction between poverty and prosperity and failed attempts of social changes.

Other special awards went to Micol Assael (who has worked with Red October, the factory where Baibakov Art Projects was born!), the charming Ahmet Ogut, and two artists from Lebanon:  Marwa Arsanios and Rayyane Tabet.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, and we look forward to seeing these works in Venice!!