A New Prize, Named for Donald Judd and David Hume, Will Award $39,400 and a Residency for Work on ‘Seriously Neglected Topics’

A portrait of David Hume, by Allan Ramsay, from 1766.SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY/WIKIMEDIA

A portrait of David Hume, by Allan Ramsay, from 1766.


Art prizes: people just keep creating them!

The newest to appear is the Advanced Visual Studies/Judd-Hume Prize, a two-month research residency available to arts writers, philosophers, and architects. Winners of the £30,000 ($39,400) prize will spend two months at Edinburgh University in Scotland, delving into “seriously neglected topics” such as “Abstraction, Image, precognition, Object-ness, [and] Function,” according to a release with some intriguingly odd punctuation choices. This will be followed by a symposium to be held at the university and publication of the fellow’s research. The first residency begins next March.

Prize founder Peter Ballantine worked with the minimalist artist Donald Judd for the last several decades of his life. In light of the philosophical bent to Judd’s practice, Ballantine named his new award in honor of him and the enlightenment philosopher David Hume, who was a professor at Edinburgh University. They together inspired Ballantine’s interest in the fields that the prize focuses on.

The first recipient of the Judd-Hume Prize is Gottfried Boehm, a professor emeritus at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and former director of the Eiknones programme, also based in Basel.

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