The 2015 Absolut Art Award has been given to Frances Stark (in the category of art work) and Mark Godfrey (in the category of art writing). Stark will receive a £20,000 ($30,500) stipend, as well as £100,000 ($152,600) towards the creation of a new work. Godfrey also receives a £20,000 stipend, in addition to £25,000 ($38,150) for a new publication “in collaboration with a leading publishing house,” according to a release. The jury for the prize included Massimiliano Gioni, Magali Arriola, Negar Azimi, Doryun Chong, and Jessica Morgan.
Stark’s proposed new project is a “pedagogical opera, in which music and education are mixed to tell a recent history of America,” according to the jury’s citation. Goddfrey’s publication is an “anthology dedicated to ‘The Black Art Debate’ and African American art in the 1960s and 70s.”
The Absolut Art Award was founded in 2009, and is given out every two years. There will be a ceremony for Stark and Godfrey held in Stockholm in September.