The Nasher Sculpture Center is proud to announce Colombian artist Doris Salcedo as the inaugural recipient of the Nasher Prize, an award to be presented each year to a living artist who has made an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture. For the past three decades, Salcedo has created sculptures and installations that transform familiar, everyday objects – chairs, shoes, roses, bricks – into moving and powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance. Working in a variety of modes, from objects and large-scale installations to public interventions, she has fearlessly taken creative and political risks to challenge audiences with innovative, significant work. Salcedo’s commitment and her willingness to push artistic boundaries have already inspired a generation of artists, even as her work continues to grow and respond to many of the most salient issues facing humanity.
“We created the Nasher Prize in order to recognize an artist whose work has enriched our vision of what sculpture can be,” said Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick. “Over the course of the past 30 years, through her use of meaningful, everyday materials, often in unexpected and socially-charged public spaces in her native Colombia and elsewhere around the world, Doris Salcedo has created a body of work that is both aesthetically striking and politically resonant. 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.”
About Nasher Prize
The Nasher Prize is an annual international award presented to a living artist whose work has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of sculpture.
An international jury of renowned museum directors, curators, artists and art historians who have an expertise in the field, and varying perspectives on the subject, convene each year to select the laureate from nominations proffered by over 100 of their colleagues around the world. The winner of Nasher Prize receives $100,000 and an award designed by Nasher Sculpture Center architect, Renzo Piano, commissioned by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, at a celebration on April 2 in Dallas, Texas.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of a few institutions worldwide dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and study of modern and contemporary sculpture. As such, the prize is an apt extension of the museum’s mission and its commitment to advancing developments in the field. By recognizing those artists who have influenced our understanding of sculpture and its possibilities, the Nasher Sculpture Center will further its role as a leading institution in enhancing and promoting this vital art form.
The Nasher is developing Nasher Prize Dialogues, a series of public programs and educational opportunities tied to the Nasher Prize, with major support coming from Aston Martin and JPMorgan & Co., co-sponsors of the inaugural Nasher Prize. Media Partner FD.