French Artist Pierre Huyghe Named Nasher Sculpture Prize Laureate

The 2017 Nasher Sculpture Prize has been awarded to contemporary artist Pierre Huyghe. He will receive his trophy at a ceremony held in Dallas, Texas, on April 1, 2017.

Born in 1962, architect, film maker and designer Pierre Huyghe is renowned for having introduced sculpture into other disciplines. His works are inspired by music, cinema, and dance, as well as fog, video games, dogs and bees. He has been contributing to the redefinition of the status of pieces of art and the structure of exhibitions since the 1990s.

In 2010, Pierre Huyghe also became the first French artist to receive the annual Contemporary Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris hosted a retrospective exhibition of his work in 2013. The artist once again got people talking in the United States in September 2015. On the rooftop terrace of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he exhibited fossilized fish and rocks dating back hundreds of millions of years in a water tank whose glass sides flashed from transparent to opaque.

“We are so delighted by the choice of Pierre Huyghe as our 2017 Nasher Prize laureate”, wrote Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, in a press release. “His expansive view of sculpture so wonderfully embodies the goal of the Nasher Prize, which is to champion the greatest artistic minds of our time. His incorporation of living systems, situations, films and objects into his sculpture highlights the complexities between art and life, and challenges the very limits of art-making.

The annual Nasher Prize has been awarded since 2015, and is designed to honor an artist’s career and their significant contribution to the field of contemporary sculpture. The laureates are all living artists, and are selected by a jury comprised of leading names in the art world, such as Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Steven Nash, Founding Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, and Alexander Potts, Art Historian and Professor at the University of Michigan.