16.10.17: Maria Lassnig Stiftung
Maria Lassnig Prize goes to Cathy Wilkes
Cathy Wilkes Receives Major Grant and Solo Exhibition at MoMA PS1,
International Institutional Partner for the First Maria Lassnig Prize
On 18 October, the 50,000 € MARIA LASSNIG PRIZE will be awarded to the artist Cathy Wilkes, born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1966. On 22 October, a solo exhibition opens at MoMA PS1 in New York City, supported by the Maria Lassnig Foundation.
The Maria Lassnig Prize was originally envisioned by pioneering Austrian artist Maria Lassnig before her death in 2014 at the age of 94, at height of her artistic powers. Having achieved recognition only later in life, she hoped to encourage the efforts of fellow career artists not yet familiar to the public. Each prize granted in her name will carry an award of 50,000 euros and a solo exhibition organized by a designated institution that has collaborated with the Foundation and a selection committee to choose a winner. For 2017, that institutional partner is MoMA PS1, New York, which in 2014 presented Lassnig’s first comprehensive American museum survey to universal acclaim. The exhibition was organized by Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Chief Curator, who served on this year’s inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize selection committee with Peter Pakesch; noted curators Matthias Mühling and Hans Ulrich Obrist,
both members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors; Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art; Sheikha Hoor Al-‐Quasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation; and noted New York based artist Zoe Leonard.
Cathy Wilkes lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. The Lassnig Prize exhibition at MoMA PS1 will be her first solo show in New York. She represented Scotland at the La Biennale di Venezia in 2005 and participated in the International Exhibition of the Biennale in 2013. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. A survey exhibition presented at Tate Liverpool, UK, in 2015, traveled to Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, and Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2015-‐2016). Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (2012); Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2011); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2011); and Kunstverein, Munich (2011).