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Doris Salcedo Named the First Winner of the Nasher Prize

Salcedo. COURTESY MCA CHICAGO

Doris Salcedo.

COURTESY MCA CHICAGO

Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center announced today that the Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo has won the Texas museum’s first Nasher Prize. She will now receive $100,000 and an award designed by Renzo Piano at a gala held in April.

Salcedo, whose Guggenheim retrospective is nearing the end of its run, is best known for her lyrical sculptures about trauma, memory, and violence. Using surreal combinations of furniture and clothing, and often relying on the architecture of her exhibition spaces for full effect, Salcedo creates metaphors for the terror of her country’s history without any obvious political references.

Salcedo is the first artist to win the Nasher Prize, which will be given annually to a sculptor of note. She was chosen by an international jury that included Phyllida Barlow, Okwui Enwezor, and Sir Nicolas Serota for her “aesthetically striking and politically resonant” work, as the Nasher’s director, Jeremy Strick, said in a statement.

“We created the Nasher Prize in order to recognize an artist whose work has enriched our vision of what sculpture can be,” Strick said. “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.”

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