Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, named Cerith Wyn Evans the winner of the second Hepworth for Sculpture award, which honors British artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The institution presented a $ 38,500 dinner at Thursday evening in Hepworth Wakefield.
Born in Llanelli, Wales, in 1958, Wyn Evans lives and works in London. He first gained recognition in the 1980s for experimental film work and further cooperation in the field of dance and performance. The artist is probably best known for his floating lighting installations and sculptures that often associate art, history, philosophy and science.
Wyn Evans was selected by a panel of judges composed of Sarah Brown, senior curator of the Leeds Art Gallery; Martin Clark, Director of the Camden Arts Center; Margot Heller, Director of the South London Gallery; and Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool; and was chaired by Simon Wallis, director of Hepworth Wakefield.
"The judges found that all artists' exhibitions are incredibly powerful and persuasive in various ways that capture the viability of the statues that are being produced today," Wallis said in a statement. Cerith has been a prominent artist for more than thirty years, and his recent work has been exceptional and has expanded the possibilities of what sculpture can do, and the work he has done in Hepworth Wakefield shows, thanks to his sensitivity to the place, integrating ephemeral and elemental forces into a strong emotional effect. "
The exhibition of the Hepworth Sculpture Prize, featuring works by Wyn Evans, along with later artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai and Magali Reus, will be in the institution by 20.1.2019.