Honoring the Arts

Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center bestows 2017 prize on French artist

Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center bestows 2017 prize on French artist

Pierre Huyghe
French sculptor Pierre Huyghe is the recipient of the 2017 Nasher Prize. Photo by Philippe Quaisse
Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) by Pierre Huyghe
Huyghe utilizes a variety of materials for his sculptures, as evidenced by the use of a beehive in his 2012 work, Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt). Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
Zoodram 4 by Pierre Huyghe
Huyghe's 2011 work, Zoodram 4, used a live marine ecosystem. Photo by Guillaune Ziccarelli
Pierre Huyghe
Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) by Pierre Huyghe
Zoodram 4 by Pierre Huyghe

Nasher Sculpture Center has announced the recipient of the 2017 Nasher Prize, awarding it to French artist Pierre Huyghe. The Nasher Prize, now in its second year, is given to a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.

Huyghe has done so through artworks that encompass a variety of materials and disciplines, bringing music, cinema, dance, and theater into contact with biology and philosophy. He also incorporates time-based elements that vary in intensity into his works, such as fog, ice, parades, rituals, automata, computer programs, video games, dogs, bees, and microorganisms.

The 54-year-old Huyghe was born in Paris and lives and works in Chile and New York. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and his work has been featured around the world, including exhibitions in Paris; Cologne, Germany; Los Angeles; New York; Madrid; London; Venice, Italy; Munich; and Vienna.

Huyghe was selected for the prize by an international jury of museum directors, curators, artists, and art historians. He will officially be presented the award at a ceremony in Dallas on April 1, 2017.

“I’m looking at the co-evolution of interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real or symbolic — different states of living, self-organizing in a dynamic and unstable situation," Huyghe said in a statement. “This individual and inter-subjective experience within an environment is important in what I do. It speaks to the history of the things perceived as a link to a context and a time — to objects as transitory, as sentient, but also to considering objects as ecosystems — actual, virtual, indifferent — that you navigate and influence, as in a garden for example.”

Returning jurors Phyllida Barlow, Lynne Cooke, Okwui Enwezor, Yuko Hasegawa, Steven A. Nash, Alexander Potts, and Sir Nicholas Serota were joined on the jury this year by artist Huma Bhabha and Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator.

In conjunction with the Nasher Prize, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents a series of public programs exploring the climate of contemporary sculpture. The first program took place in Berlin on September 14, 2016, and it will be followed by a second in Mexico City on March 18, 2017. A third will be in Dallas close to the date when Huyghe is officially awarded the prize.