The prize is considered France’s most influential contemporary art award
Claude Bonnin, president of the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF), has announced the four nominees for the 2022 edition of the Prix Marcel Duchamp. They are Giulia Andreani, Iván Argote, Philippe Decrauzat and Mimosa Echard. The equivalent of the British Turner Prize, the award is given annually to an artist from or based in France and comes with a €35,000 cash prize. New work by the four finalists will also be presented in a collective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from 4 October 2022. The winner will be selected by an international jury and revealed on 17 October, during FIAC.
The shortlist reflects the mix of multidisciplinary and conceptual approaches that have defined recent editions, although it’s worth noting the prevalence of painting in the work of this year’s selection. Andreani is an Italian figurative painter based in Paris, whose work is based on archival research and is represented by Max Hetzler, Berlin, Paris and London. Swiss-born, Paris-based Decrauzat creates sculptural paintings that flirt with the tradition of Op art and is represented by Praz Delavallade. Based in Alès and represented by Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, Echard makes ‘alchemical’ paintings made of recycled and often living material that tackle feminist and ecological themes. Argote, meanwhile, works across sculpture and video, creating often humorous, off-the-wall works that seek to challenge the viewer’s expectations and mainstream narratives; originally from Bogota, he now lives in Paris where he’s represented by Galerie Perrotin.