The Vincent Award is a biennial art prize, meant to promote peaceful communication in Europe. The Award, established in 2000, is always accompanied by an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and past winners include Pawel Althamer and Neo Rauch. The 2008 shortlist includes Francis Alys, Liam Gillick, Deimantas Narkevicius, and Rebecca Warren. Work by the four artists can currently be seen at the Stedelijk. Peter Friedl, initially shortlisted, withdrew from the competition in June and was not replaced. According to the jurors, all of these artists are making work “highly relevant” to the art of today. The winner will be announced on September 12th.
The above video soundlessly walks you through The Vincent Award exhibition, capturing the haunting calm of Narkevicius’ video work, the esoteric militantism of Francis Alys’ multi-medium installation, and globular classicism of Rebecca Warren’s sculpture, and the aloof sleekness of Liam Gillick’s video Everything Good Goes. Warren is the only artist not working in video this year, and all of art of the multi-media work in the installation, even Warren’s sculptures, seems to favor narrative over object hood. The exhibition continues through September 30th.