Who Won the $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize?
22 October 2020
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.