February 22, 2018
A jury comprised of directors of important museums, curators, artists, and art historians, gathered in July at the Tate Britain to select the winner of the first Nasher Prize for sculpture. After evaluating nominations presented by more than 100 of their colleagues around the world, the jury selected Colombian artist Doris Salcedo as this year’s laureate.
In her three-decade career, Salcedo has used everyday objects in the creation of sculptures and installations intended to bear witness to loss and remembrance, and to pay tribute to the protagonists of the stories she rescues from oblivion.
Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, emphasizes the use of the medium of sculpture in response to violence in Colombia. “Doris Salcedo has created a body of work that is both aesthetically striking and politically resonant,” Strick notes. With this subtle and deeply evocative work, she has bravely challenged us to consider more fully the deep connections between place, history, and objects that carry the weight of collective memory, suggesting avenues of thinking that tie together object-making and potent social action. Our mission at the Nasher is to support the creation of new sculpture and to expand our understanding of what sculpture is, and Doris Salcedo continues to powerfully point the art form in ever-more provocative and insightful directions.”
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the world’s few institutions exclusively devoted to the exhibition and study of modern and contemporary sculpture. The winner of the Nasher Prize receives US$100,000 and an award designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano. The award ceremony will be held on April 2, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.
The Nasher Prize will be given yearly to a living artist whose work has had an extraordinary impact in the understanding of sculpture.