Lauren Halsey Wins 2019 Frieze Art Award

Lauren Halsey.


Lauren Halsey has been named the winner of this year’s Frieze Art Award, through which she will receive $25,000. As the winner of the prize, which is funded by the Luma Foundation, Halsey will create a new work for the forthcoming edition of the Frieze New York art fair in May.

The Los Angeles–based artist made a splash at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial last year, where she picked up the museum’s Mohn Prize for sculptures related to an installation that will appear on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles’s South Central neighborhood. She will have a solo exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this year.

In an email, she told ARTnews, “I’m honored to receive this year’s Frieze Artist Award, and to debut a new installation in New York this coming May. The fair produces environments that can seem like worlds unto themselves, and I hope that this work will shift the visitor experiences in unexpected and meaningful ways.”

Courtney J. Martin, the deputy director of the Dia Foundation, will oversee the new piece being by Halsey. In a statement, Martin said, “I have watched her practice since she was a graduate student at Yale and am so pleased to see how she has developed into a complex maker. I am excited to be able to watch her expand her skills in new directions for this year’s prize.”

Halsey was selected by a jury composed of artist Rina Binarjee; Paulina Pobocha, an associate curator in the Museum of Modern Art’s painting and sculpture department; and Loring Randolph, the artistic director of Frieze New York.

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