Charles Gaines, a conceptual artist whose most up-to-date works have taken a flip for the political, has been named the newest recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal, the MacDowell Colony introduced on Sunday.
The annual prize has been awarded since 1960 to artistic folks seen as having made an impressive contribution to American tradition. It is awarded by the MacDowell Colony for artists in New Hampshire.
“Charles has been a leading figure in the conceptual art movement on the West Coast for more than 40 years,” Ann Philbin, the director of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, stated in a press release.
Works by Mr. Gaines, who relies in Los Angeles, have been exhibited in New York on the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has grow to be identified for politically attuned, conceptual multimedia items like “Skybox I,” wherein three LED panels displaying historic texts on oppression, colonialism and sophistication steadily remodel into what appear like stars in deep area, and “Manifesto 2,” an set up that blends atonal music with 4 revolutionary manifestoes, together with ones by Olympe de Gouges and Malcolm X. He has additionally taught on the influential California Institute of the Arts since 1989.
The panel that awarded Mr. Gaines the MacDowell Medal included Ms. Philbin, in addition to the author Hilton Als; the curator Naima J. Keith; and the artists Barbara Kruger and Arthur Simms. Mr. Simms is also on the board of directors of the MacDowell Colony, which was founded in 1907 by the composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, Marian MacDowell, a pianist.
The colony has provided residencies to thousands of artists and writers, including James Baldwin, Meredith Monk and Taylor Mac. Past recipients of the MacDowell Medal include Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keeffe and Toni Morrison.
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