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The six nominees for 2020 were Nairy Baghramian, Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Elias Sime, Cecilia Vicuña, and Adrián Villar Rojas.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photograph by David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Deana Lawson won the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize for significant achievement in contemporary art. The winner receives a US $100,000 honorarium and will present a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in spring 2021.

The biennial prize is awarded to an artist whose work is transforming the field. There are no restrictions based on age, gender, nationality, or medium.

Since its inception in 1996, the prize has been won by artists including Matthew Barney (1996), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), and the artist representing the United States at the next Venice Biennale in 2022, Simone Leigh (2018).

The jury that decided the winner of the prize this year consisted of Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Katherine Brinson, Daskalopoulos Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Julieta González, independent curator; Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Nat Trotman, Curator, Performance and Media, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

This week also saw France's top prize for contemporary art, the Prix Marcel Duchamp, awarded to Paris-based, Canadian-born artist Kapwani Kiwanga.

Images of works by each of the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize's nominees are included below.

Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian, Stay Downers: Nerd, Fidgety Philip, Dripper, Truant, Backrower and Grubby Urchin (2017). Various media, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: Déformation Professionnelle, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017–2018). Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Timo Ohler.

Kevin Beasley

Kevin Beasley, Your face is / is not enough (2016). Performance view: Liverpool Biennial, July 14, 2018 © Kevin Beasley. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Pete Carr.

Deana Lawson

Deana Lawson, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo (2014). Pigment print. 88.9 x 112.1 cm. © Deana Lawson, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

Elias Sime

Elias Sime, Tightrope: Internalized (2017). Reclaimed electronic components and wire on panel. 161 x 240 cm. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Cloud Net (1999). Site-specific installation with unspun wool. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

Adrián Villar Rojas

Adrián Villar Rojas, Mi familia muerta (My Dead Family) (2009). Unfired local clay and rocks. Installation view: End of The World Biennial, Parque Yatana, Ushuaia, Argentina, 2009. Courtesy the artist, Ruth Benzacar Art Gallery, kurimanzutto, and Marian Goodman Gallery.


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