The Calder Foundation and the Scone Foundation have announced the 2011 Calder Prize Laureate, Rachel Harrison.
A work by the artist will be on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection during the opening week of the Venice Biennale.
The Calder Prize, in the amount of 50,000 USD, honors contemporary artists who have completed exemplary work early in their careers. In addition to the cash prize, the recipient benefits from a residency at the Atelier Calder and the placement of a signature work in a major public collection.
True to the spirit of Alexander Calder, Harrison blurs the lines between abstraction and figuration, as well as sculpture and other media, by negotiating both imagined and existing space. Harrison’s work challenges us to reconsider the definition of sculpture, while simultaneously recontextualizing it within the history of art.