Zbynek Baladran is the winner of the 2013 Audi Art Award, Art Cologne’s director Daniel Hug and curator of the city’s Artothek Christiane Dinges, announced yesterday. The Czech artist, who is represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, will receive €10,000 as well the opportunity to show at the Artothek in the summer of 2014.
Baladran is one of the 22 artists taking part in this year’s “New Positions” program for which dealers are encouraged to put forward innovative solo projects. One of the two artists selected to represent the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale this summer, Baladran was singled out for his video piece “Assemblages Against Essences” (2009), on display at Jocelyn Wolff’s booth. Found images and drawings are projected from the ceiling onto regular stacks of white paper. A hand appears to be removing the sheets one by one, progressively revealing the pictures hidden underneath.
Curator Dinges praised the “quietness and concentration” of Baladran’s practice. “He’s a poet, he’s a philosopher, he’s a painter, he’s a filmmaker, and you have all this in this piece,” she says. A member of jury since the first award in 2005, she added: “It’s very easy [for dealers] to show always the same, well-known people. We want to honor those gallerists who give space to young artists.”
— Coline Milliard
(Photo: Daniel Kremer, Jocelyn Wolff, Christiane Dinges and Daniel Hug, courtesy Koelnmesse)