Today the Tate announced the four Brits nominated for its 2011 Turner Prize, but here in Brooklyn Rachel Harrison received the even more lucrative Alexander Calder Foundation Award, which goes to an early-career artist and comes with a $50,000 check presented during the Venice Biennale, a residency at the Atelier Calder in France, and placement in a major public collection.
Harrison, who's represented by Greene Naftali Gallery in Chelsea, had her last New York solo show there in 2007, but has shown her hybrid sculptural constructions and installations extensively around the country and in Europe. Her biggest exhibition to date, the David Foster Wallace-titled Consider the Lobster, brought together ten years of her work at Bard University's Hessel Museum of Art in 2009. She also showed during the 2003 Venice Biennale. Given her penchant for monumental, quasi-architectural contraptions, we're sure she'll put that fifty grand to good use.