Hugo Boss Prize 2014 Goes to New York Artist Paul Chan

Paul Chan, Sade for Sade’s sake, 2009 , Digital color projection, 5 hours, 45 min Installation view: Greene Naftali, New York, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photo: Gil Blank

Paul Chan, Sade for Sade’s sake, 2009 , Digital color projection, 5 hours, 45 min Installation view: Greene Naftali, New York, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photo: Gil Blank


New York based artist Paul Chan has won the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 and $100,000

NEW YORK, NY—Artist Paul Chan has been awarded the Hugo Boss Prize 2014. The announcement was made Thursday by Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, Chairman and CEO, Hugo Boss AG. Paul Chan is the tenth artist to receive the biennial honor, which was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. As the winner, Paul Chan will receive an award of $100,000.   In addition to the cash award, Chan’s work will also be presented in an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in spring 2015.

Paul Chan was selected   from a short list of five finalists, that included Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. Speaking on the selection, the jury notes:

With the selection of Paul Chan as the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014, the jury recognizes his singular artistic voice, which manifests itself in myriad forms, including sculpture, animated video, and light projection, as well as community-based performance and, most recently, an electronic and print publishing venture called Badlands Unlimited. Regardless of platform, each of Chan’s indelible and at-times provocative projects deftly excavates our cultural landscape. We applaud his unfettered commitment to experimentation and look forward to the continued evolution of his practice. All of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 finalist artists are creating groundbreaking and influential work, and we celebrate each artist’s rich contribution to the field of contemporary art.

The international jury made up of eminent curators, museum directors and art professionals was chaired by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Members of the jury included Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong; Tim Griffin, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen, New York; Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Richard Armstrong is delighted by the selection of Paul Chan as the winner of this year’s prize and the support of Hugo Boss for its long history of honoring artists at the vanguard of contemporary art practice. “We applaud this year’s winner, Paul Chan, as well as the full list of nominees for their compelling and innovative work,” he said.

A gifted artist who works across genres, Chan has proving that he is a versatile artist. In 2008, Paul Chan worked as creative director for Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: A Play in Two Acts, a Project in Three Parts, produced with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, presented by Creative Time, Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

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Analyzing the work of the artist, Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation could not hide her excitement about the selection of the artist and how Chan’s outstanding ability to work in multiple genres has continued to be a major source of inspiration. She notes: “I am continually impressed by the urgency and agility of Chan’s multidisciplinary practice. He is making work of great impact that will resonate with generations to come.”

Dr. Hjoerdis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs at Hugo Boss shares the thrill of this year’s winner by congratulating the winner and expressing gratitude to the jury and the Guggenheim Museum for their dedication and cooperation. “We are already looking forward to Paul Chan’s solo exhibition this coming spring, ” she said.


Born in Hong Kong in 1973, Paul Chan who lives and works in New York has show his works in art venues across the globe. Recently, his works were featured in a solo presentation at the Schaulager, Basel (2014). His works have also been presented in at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (2009); New Museum, New York (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall (2006); Portikus, Frankfurt (2006); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2006); Blanton Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Texas, Austin (2006); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2005). He has also participated in many group exhibitions including Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); Seeing Is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011); I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); Haunted, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010); HEAVEN, 2nd Athens Biennial (2009); Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); Yokohama Triennial (2008) and  16th Sydney Biennial (2008).


Administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation,   the Hugo Boss Prize which began in 1996 shows Hugo Boss long history of commitment arts sponsorship. The Hugo Boss Prize 2014 marks the tenth presentation of the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Since its inception , the Prize has been awarded to American artist Matthew Barney (1996), Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (1998), Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč (2000), French artist Pierre Huyghe (2002), Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), British artist Tacita Dean (2006), Palestinian artist Emily Jacir (2008), German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010), and Danish artist Danh Vo (2012). Previous finalists have included Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Cai Guo-Qiang, Stan Douglas, and Yasumasa Morimura in 1996; Huang Yong Ping, William Kentridge, Lee Bul, Pipilotti Rist, and Lorna Simpson in 1998; Vito Acconci, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Tom Friedman, Barry Le Va, and Tunga in 2000; Francis Alÿs, Olafur Eliasson, Hachiya Kazuhiko, Koo Jeong-a, and Anri Sala in 2002; Franz Ackermann, Rivane Neuenschwander, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Simon Starling, and Yang Fudong in 2004; Allora & Calzadilla, John Bock, Damián Ortega, Aïda Ruilova, and Tino Sehgal in 2006; Christoph Büchel, Patty Chang, Sam Durant, Joachim Koester, and Roman Signer in 2008; Cao Fei, Roman Ondák, Walid Raad, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul in 2010; and Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie, Monika Sosnowska, and Tris Vonna-Michell in 2012.

Sheela Gowda, Behold, 2009 Hair and steel, dimensions variable Installation view: Abteiberg Museum, 2013 © ADAG. Photo: Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

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