Young Masters Art Prize 2012 – Part 1
Sphinx Fine Art, London
9th October – 27th October 2012
Artists: Ali Assaf | Christina Benz | Mia Brownell | Karina Chechik | Christopher Coppers | Lottie Davies | Naia del Castillo | Georgia Dodson | Nina Fowler | Karim Hamid | Debbie Han | Jane Hoodless | Beth Katleman | Charles Moxon | Jeff Muhs | Fabiano Parisi | Claire Partington | Wieland Payer | Ethan Pollock | Derrick Santini | Su-Ran Sichling | Kiril Ass + Anna Ratafyeva | Christoph Steinmeyer | Adrian Sykes | Sandy Volz | Brad Woodfin | Masaki Yada
The first part of the Young Masters Art Prize featured all 26 of the shortlisted artists alongside Guest Artist Ali Assaf. The exhibition featured the contemporary works hung alongside Old Master paintings and drawings from the collection held by Sphinx Fine Art. The exhibition was curated around the art historical genres of Allegorical and History painting, Landscape, Portrait, Still Life and Animal.
You can read an interview with Kate Ross at Curatorial Curiosities about the show here.
Young Masters Art Prize 2012 – Curatorial Statement
Below is the introduction to the Curatorial Statement that was included in the Catalogue for the Young Masters Art Prize 2012:
As a curator, this year’s Young Masters Art Prize has posed some significant challenges: a group of diverse artists from across the world, each with a unique relationship to the Old Masters and to art history, to be presented in two contrasting spaces. For the 2012 edition of the Prize, the two exhibitions will examine the shortlisted artists’ work in relation to the art-historical genres that traditionally define the art-historical canon. The genres used to categorise painting ranked from allegory, history and still life to landscape, animal and portraiture. The 26 shortlisted artists have responded to the past, sometimes adhering to art-historical traditions, often breaking and reinventing them for our contemporary epoch. Others look at contemporary methodologies such as appropriation, narrative, site-specificity and kitsch, in a riposte to the structured conventions of the past.
Each artist possesses an interest in the discourse between past and present, taking inspiration from themes, concepts, skill, technique and media, both working within the rules of the Old Masters and breaking conventions in order to create something new and innovative. The works that are presented for the exhibitions are diverse across genres, media and themes…
To view the full text, download the catalogue here