Twice-nominated installation artist and sculptor L.N. Tallur has taken the 2012 ŠKODA Prize, India’s version of Britain’s Turner Prize.
The artist beat three other finalists — Srinivasa Prasad, Shilpa Gupta and artist group CAMP — to the prize with his solo exhibition, “Quintessential”, which was held at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai from December 2011 to February 2012. According to a WSJ Scene Asia article, “Through his sculptures and room-sized installations he critiqued contemporary society’s tendency to preserve and ‘museumize’ its valuables.”
As reported in a February 2012 ExpressIndia.com article,
After many congratulations were showered upon him by friends, family and members of the art fraternity, the artist made some time to talk about himself and his work. ‘From one work to another, I wouldn’t say there’s been growth but there has been a sort of learning,’ he said, comparing his award-winning exhibition “Quintessential” to his previous works.
For Tallur, who was born in 1971 and, according to The Hindu, lives between India and South Korea, there was a cash prize of INR 10 lakhs. Rohini Devasher, the 2012 winner of the Art India Breakthrough Artist Award, which was established for the 2011 edition of the prize, took home INR 2 lakhs.
The runners-up for the 2012 award were each offered international residencies with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. The work of all twenty ŠKODA Prize 2012 finalists is on show at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi until 28 February 2013.
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