Cathy Wilkes receives inaugural Maria Lassnig Award

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled (Possil, at last), 2013 (installation view, Encyclopaedic Palace, 2013 Venice Biennale). Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

The Maria Lassnig Foundation has announced Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes as the winner of its new art prize, established in June 2016 to celebrate the work of midcareer artists. She will receive €50,000 (approx. £43,600), as well as a solo show at MOMA PS1 in Autumn 2017.

The biennial prize, originally conceived by the late Lassnig before her death in 2014, will partner with a different institution for each edition to will host and curate a solo show by the winner. Wilkes was selected by a jury of seven including: MOMA PS1 curator Peter Eleey; Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi, president of the Sharjah Art Foundation; Laura Hoptman, painting and sculpture curator at MoMA; artist Zoe Leonard; Matthias Mühling, director of Lenbachhaus; curator Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Peter Pakesch, Maria Lassnig Foundation chairman.

13 January 2017