On Thursday the Guggenheim announced the finalists for the bi-annual Hugo Boss Prize, which bestows $100,000 on a significant contemporary artist. The award is juried by a set of curators from the Guggenheim, the Dia Art Foundation, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin and an independent curator and features a typically international slate of nominees. They are Chinese photographer, video and performance artist Cao Fei (work pictured); German photographer and installation artist Hans-Peter Feldmann; conceptual artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian; Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Slovakian performance artist Roman Ondak, whose work you may have recently participated in at MoMA; and the Lebanese photographer and video artist Walid Raad.
The award’s past nominees and winners read like a who’s-who of contemporary art, but given the trends in past years, expect the Hugo Boss Prize to go to either Cao Fei (who would be the first Chinese artist to win) or Hans-Peter Feldmann (who would be the first German recipient)—although it’s hard to ignore the hype behind Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Last year’s winner was Palestinian photographer Emily Jacir. The 2010 winner will be announced next fall.