Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to be able to attend the Prix Canson 2016 Finalists’ Exhibition. The Prix Canson is a highly prestigious award that honors artists who work with paper. Started in 2010 in Paris, it now alternates between Paris and a year on the international scene. This year it is being presented at The Drawing Center in SoHo.
The nominees for the award are chosen by a jury of curators and influencers of the contemporary art world. They are lead for the second time by Tunga, the internationally-reknowned Brazilian artist. The jury has nine members. Each of them nominate 3 artists under the age of 50 whose work shows a true love of paper. Then as a group, they pick 5 finalists. This year, 4 of the 5 finalists are women. Laurent Boudier, the Artistic Director of the Prix Canson, says he welcomes this because “the world of art has sometimes been perceived as a boys’ club!”
The winner this year is Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who was born in Nigeria but lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work blends African and Western images as well as mixing mediums with drawing, painting, and collage. Njideka Akunyili Crosby will receive a solo show exhibition, press publications, 10,000 euros of Canson paper, and one of of her works on paper will be purchased by the Fonds Canson pour l’Art et le Papier for its collection.
All of the finalists’ work is stunning. The Finalists’ Exhibition will be on view at The Drawing Center through July 1st 2016 and we highly recommend making your way over there to see it before it is gone! Also, if you head over to The Drawing Center website you can find information for two free discussions between jurors and artists, one this evening as well as next Wednesday June 29th.