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Avery Singer Wins $22,000 Prix Jean-François Prat

Avery Singer, Untitled, 2017.


Avery Singer has won this year’s Prix Jean-François Prat, which is given annually to a contemporary artist in tribute to its namesake French collector, who died in 2011. Singer will now take home €20,000, or about $22,700.

Over the past few years, Singer has become known for paintings based on drawings made using Google’s SketchUp software. Singer’s block figures often appear to be trapped in gridded rooms and bare settings, as though they can’t escape their digital drawing boards.

Her paintings were recently the subject of a show at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Germany. She has also shown work at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as well as in the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York.

Li Qing and Jonathan Gardner were also shortlisted for the prize, past winners of which include Farah Atassi, Janis Avotinos, and Matt Saunders.

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