Absolut announces the Jury for the 2017 Absolut Art Award, led by newly -appointed Jury President Daniel Birnbaum, Director of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The international Jury for the 2017 Absolut Art Award comprises four additional distinguished art world figures: Simon Castets, Director and Curator of Swiss Institute, New York; Elena Filipovic, Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Basel; Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Jack Bankowsky, critic, curator and Editor-at-Large at Artforum.
For 2017, Absolut launches a new strand of the Award – the Emerging Artist Award – which will sit alongside the Absolut Art Award for Art Work and Art Writing. Individuals under the age of 40 who have collaborated with the brand creatively from January 2015 to February 2017 are eligible to be nominated by their local Absolut teams.
The Absolut Art Award offers an artist and an art writer a unique opportunity to realise their dream project, unencumbered by commercial restraints, and demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting and collaborating on transformative projects with the world’s most interesting creative talent.
The winner of the Absolut Art Award for Art Work will receive a cash prize of €20,000 complemented by a budget of €100,000 to produce and exhibit a new art work or project, and the winning art writer will be awarded a cash prize of €20,000 along with a budget of €25,000 to be used towards the research and production of a new art publication.
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- Portrait of Daniel Birnbaum 2017 Absolut Art Award Jury President © Photo Moderna Museet , Åsa Lundén
- Portrait of Simon Castets 2017 Absolut Art Award Jury Member
- Portrait of Jack Bankowsky 2017 Absolut Art Award Jury Member Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
- Portrait of Polly Staple 2017 Absolut Art Award Jury Member Photo: Mark Blower
- Portrait of Elena Filipovic 2017 Absolut Art Award Jury Member Photo: Zlatko Micic, 2015