West Palm Beach will be the hub of international photography this fall when the Norton Museum of Art announces the winner of its inaugural Rudin Prize on December 4. The biennial international award is part of a greater exploration of contemporary photography, as the Norton searching for the next generation of photographers. The award calls on five internationally acclaimed photographers to act as a nominating panel, each selecting one emerging artist who is at the precipice of the genre and has yet to have a solo show in a museum. These five finalists are on display now through December 9 at the Norton in the "2012 Rudin Prize" exhibition. The Norton’s Photography Steering Committee will select the grantee of the Rudin Prize, the winner of which will take home a cash prize of $20,000.
“Each of these photographers represents a unique and vital approach to the medium and its potential,” says Tim B. Wride, the Norton’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography. “We have been very fortunate to have the support of Beth Rudin DeWoody throughout the process as well as a great slate of nominators. Ultimately, however, we are most gratified to be able to present the work of this eclectic group of international photographers to our audiences.”
For the inaugural presentation of the Rudin Prize, the Norton pulled all the stops in forming the nominee panel, each a renowned photographer or conceptual artist in their own right:
One of the “Young British Artists,” photographer Yinka Shonibare lends his lens to colonialism and post-colonialism through the prism of contemporary globalization. Shonibare nominated English-based photographer, videographer and performance artist Bjørn Venø, whose work explores and exposes the often cliché identity of maleness and is a bit cheeky to boot.
Acclaimed freelance photographer Susan Meiselas's documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, particularly during the Nicaraguan insurrection of the late 1970s, has been published internationally. She nominated Eunice Adorno for her photographic series Las Mujeres Flores, which centers around women of remote and isolated Mennonite communities in Northern Mexico.
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John Baldessari, an American conceptual artist best known for incorporating found imagery and text into his works, nominated Analia Saban, a photographer and conceptual artist based out of Los Angeles whose work is not so much about the imagery but the construction of the image itself.
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Famed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, whose work largely revolves around daily life of Mexico’s indigenous cultures, selected Gabriela (Nin) Solis. The Mexico City-based photographer's project Super Vía, which documents the construction of a highway through Mexico City, is part photojournalism, part topographic study.
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Photographer and videographer Michal Rovner, co-founder of Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, nominated Italian-based documentary photographer Mauro D’Agati for his photo and video project Napule Shot, which gives a rare glimpse of the Neapolitan underworld’s characters and locations.
The Rudin Prize exhibition will be on display through December 9. On December 4, the Norton Museum of Art’s Photography Steering Committee will announce the inaugural recipient of the Rudin Prize. For more information, visit the Norton Museum of Art’s website: norton.org