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Artist Nairy Baghramian Wins the 2022 Nasher Prize

Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, describes Baghramian's work as "exemplary for its consideration of the body."
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The Nasher Sculpture Center has announced that Iranian-born German artist Nairy Baghramian is the recipient of the 2022 Nasher Prize. Baghramian won the museum’s international award for sculpture, an honor that recognizes “a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.” She will be honored with a ceremony at the Nasher next April.

Jeremy Strick, the museum’s director, describes Baghramian’s work as “exemplary for its consideration of the body, human relationship, and the built environment through sculpture that champions overlooked objects, people and experiences at play in daily life.” She is the sixth recipient of the international arts prize since the program’s conception in 2015.

Over 100 art professionals from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia nominate artists who have influenced the understanding of sculpture. Once the nominations are collected, the Nasher composes dossiers on the nominees, which are sent to its nine-member jury for final consideration.

The jury is composed of heavy-hitters from across the globe: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli; Pablo Leon de la Barra, curator at large, Latin America at The Guggenheim Museum; Lynne Cook, senior curator at The National Gallery of Art; Briony Fer, professor of the history of art at the University College London;Sir David Adjaye, architect at Adjaye Associates; Phyllida Barlow, artist and Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Hou Hanru, artistic director at MAXXI; Yuko Hasegawa, director of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art; and Nicholas Serota, chair of the Arts Council England.

The jury received over 100 nominations for this year’s prestigious arts award. Baghramain’s work stood out because of “her sense of fragile bodies, and fragile beings connected, dependent upon an environment,” says Strick. The work relates to the physical threats of the pandemic upon our bodies. The jury was drawn to Baghramian’s interpretation of physical vulnerability in sculpture.

The prize awards Baghramain with $100,000. Next spring, Baghramain will travel to Dallas, where she will receive an award constructed by Renzo Piano, the museum’s architect.

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