Hell Yea! Cyprien Gaillard Wins Top Prize for French Contemporary Artists

10/25/2010 5:01 PM |

Cyprien Gaillard

Paris-born, Berlin-based 30-year-old artist Cyprien Gaillard (pictured), a personal favorite whose monumental video work “Desniansky Raion” (2007) you may have sat and watched, as though hypnotized, at the New Museum’s Younger Than Jesus exhibition, and whose tiny photo-essays can currently be seen in MoMA’s The Original Copy exhibition, won this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp on Saturday at the FIAC art fair in Paris. ArtInfo reports that the young video and conceptual artist upset favorites Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Camille Henrot to take the €35,000 prize, which also comes with a solo show of new work at Paris’s Centre Pompidou (the national museum of modern and contemporary art) to open in September 2011. This year’s jury was presided over by the Pompidou’s director Alfred Pacquement. Check out a couple of his awesome video works after the jump.

“The Lake Arches” (2007)

“Pruitt Igoe Falls” (2009)