Hammer Museum Ups the Ante for $100K Biennial Award


For the second edition of its Mohn Award, bestowed upon an artist participating in its “Made in L.A.” biennial — whose sophomore outing runs June 16-September 7, 2014 — the Hammer Museum is upping the ante, offering not only the same $100,000 purse for the winner, but also adding two $25,000 prizes, one dubbed a Career Achievement Award, the other being the Public Recognition Award. In 2012, painter Meleko Mokgosi won the inaugural Mohn Award at the first-ever “Made in L.A.” biennial, a response of sorts to MoMA PS1‘s “Greater New York” quinquennial.

“I had a very clear goal for this award – to make a dramatic statement about the breadth and quality of the work being created in L.A. today,” SoCal collector Jarl Mohn — who created and funds the prizes — told L.A. Weekly. “But if my ideas don’t work for the artist, it’s kind of dumb. For this to work, everybody has to be in agreement. I really commend the Hammer for their openness in this process. It’s made possible what I like to call a collaboration – something that works for everybody – not a compromise, which implies that you are giving up opportunities or watering them down.”

The winner of the second Mohn Award, which will be announced in July, will be selected by a three-person jury consisting of critic and Artforum editor-at-large Jack Bankowsky, MCA Chicago curator Naomi Beckwith, and Apsara DiQuinzio, the curator of Modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The same three-judge panel will bestow the career achievement award. The Public Recognition Reward will be voted on by visitors to the exhibition, with polls closing in mid-August and a winner announced shortly thereafter.

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

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