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SOA's Rirkrit Tiravanija Named Finalist in Guggenheim's 2004 Hugo Boss Prize


'Untitled,' 2002
Courtesy of Gavin Brown's Enterprise , NY

Rirkrit Tiravanija, associate professor of professional practice in the School of the Arts' Visual Arts division, is among six finalists for the Guggenheim Foundation's 2004 Hugo Boss Prize. One of the premier juried prizes of the contemporary art world, the Hugo Boss Prize is offered every two years by the Guggenheim Foundation.

According to Thomas Krens, director of the Guggenheim Foundation and juror, "it has given the Guggenheim the opportunity to identify, exhibit, collect and honor the work of extraordinarily talented artists who are actively defining cultural, intellectual and artistic boundaries around the world."

Tiravanija was born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently works from New York, Berlin and Bangkok. His installations explore the social role of the artist. His recent solo exhibitions include: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2000); Portikus, Frankfurt (2001); Secession, Vienna (2002); Galerie für Zeitgenossiche Kunst, Leipzig (2003); and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (200304).

His work also has been included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial; Berlin Biennale (1998); Everyday, 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998); dAPERTutto , 48th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (1999); Egofrugal, 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001); Public Offerings, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); YOKOHAMA 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama (2001).

Tiravanija co-curated Utopia Station at the 50th International Venice Biennale (2003). Last year he was awarded the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize will be announced this fall and will receive $50,000 and an exhibition in early 2005 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Published: Mar 18, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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