Iranian-German artist Nairy Baghramian won the 2022 iteration of the Nasher Prize. The award, considered the world’s most prestigious sculpture honor, is presented annually by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas to a living artist whose work expands the parameters of form. Baghramian will receive $ 100,000 and, at a ceremony in Dallas in April, an award designed by Renzo Piano.
“Deeply attached to the object-making traditions of sculpture, Baghramian carefully considers materials and form to create sculptures that are enigmatic and enigmatic explorations of the body and that probe our inclination towards the binaries of the interior and the interior. ‘outside, insider and outsider,’ Nasher director Jeremy Strick said in a statement. “It is a privilege to celebrate his accomplishments with this award.
Baghramian, who is based in Berlin, is widely known for her work in ruthless materials such as marble or steel depicting soft, organic shapes that vaguely recall those of living things and interact with the spaces in which they are placed. . Drawing on influences as diverse as classical sculpture and modern architecture, Baghramian creates sculptures reminiscent of appendages or prostheses, and which probe the relationship between gesture and function. The artist said she drew inspiration from “looking at something and feeling pity for it”.
Baghramian is the sixth artist to win the award since its inception in 2015, joining previous winners Michael Rakowitz, Isa Genzken, Theaster Gates, Pierre Huyghe and Doris Salcedo. Baghramian’s work is currently on view in a solo exhibition titled “Misfits” at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, where it will remain on view until September 26. An exhibition of his work will open at Seccession, Vienna, in November, where it will run until January 2022; Personal exhibitions of his work will also open next year at the Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France, and at the Nasher Sculpture Center.