Today the Guggenheim Museum announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2010 Hugo Boss Prize, one of the art world’s biggest awards handed out to a contemporary artist every two years (since 1996) for their entire career up to that point. It comes with a $100,000 cash prize and a solo show at the Guggenheim in early 2011, which is sort of like getting your novel in the Oprah Book Club.
This year’s nominees are: Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei; German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann; Slovakian performance artist Roman Ondák (whose recent piece at MoMA, “Measuring the Universe”, pictured, you may have taken part in?); Lebanese new media artist Walid Raad; German video and performance artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian; and Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Prediction after the jump!
Though the prize has tended to go to conceptual artists—in this helpful but unembeddable video announcement, one of the jurors explains why—and a Thai artist has already won it (Rirkrit Tiravanija in 2004), Apichatpong Weerasethakul is way overdue. From film festivals to art fairs and all museums in between, his name has been on people’s lips for years. And it would be so incredible to watch a selection of his films in a series of small screening spaces on your way up the Gugg’s ramp. Check out one of his only films available in full online, “Mobile Men” (2007), from a United Nations series on human rights. The winner will be announced in November.