Absolut announced the finalists for its 2017 Absolut Art Award today, which gives prizes in two categories, Art Work and Art Writing. Of the finalists, two are representing their home countries at the upcoming Venice Biennale, two will be included in this year’s Whitney Biennial, and one took home this year’s Hugo Boss Prize. The winners will be announced later this year, at the Venice Biennale on May 12.
The finalists for both categories will now be asked to draw up plans for a new artwork, project, or publication, with the winner receiving the funds necessary to complete their proposal. The winner for the Art Work award will receive a €20,000 ($21,500) prize and €100,000 ($107,500) toward creating their proposed work, while the winner of the Art Writing award will get a €20,000 ($21,500) prize and €25,000 ($29,000) toward new writing and research.
Daniel Birnbaum, the director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, led the jury that selected the finalists from a pool of 49 nominees. Other jury members included Swiss Institute director and curator Simon Castets, Kunsthalle Basel director and chief curator Elena Filipovic, Chisenhale Gallery director Polly Staple, and curator and Artforum editor-at-large Jack Bankowsky.
Below are a full list of the finalists for the 2017 Absolut Art Award.