Nairy Baghramian Wins 2022 Nasher Prize for Sculpture

Nairy Baghramian is the winner of the 2022 Nasher Prize, an award given by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas to a “living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.” As part of the glory, Baghramian, who is predicated in Berlin, will obtain $100,000.

She may also be celebrated at a ceremony in Dallas subsequent spring, the place she is going to obtain an award designed by Renzo Piano, the architect of the sculpture heart. Previous recipients of the prize embrace Michael Rakowitz, Doris Salcedo, Isa Genzken and Pierre Huyghe.

Jeremy Strick, the director of the sculpture heart, mentioned that the virtues of Baghramian’s work had been significantly evident amid the social isolation of the pandemic. “After these many months of reduced personal contact with beloved people, places and things,” Strick mentioned in an announcement, “it was of the utmost importance to the jury to champion an artist who deals in realms of the physical — the tangible — and Nairy Baghramian’s work stood out for its deep commitment to the object-based traditions of sculpture.”

The artist Phyllida Barlow, one in all 9 jurors who made the choice, highlighted Baghramian’s means of participating with the historical past of sculpture. “Baghramian’s visual language is rooted in traditions of sculptural form and shape,” she mentioned in an announcement, “but she transforms those traditions into profoundly personal relationships with diverse references — from the architectural to the anthropomorphic.”

Baghramian defined that she is particularly happy to win an award that doesn’t pit artist in opposition to artist. “What I like about the prize is that it’s not a competition, it’s not a visible competition between the artists,” she mentioned in an interview final week. “It’s discreet and it’s beautiful how the jury members do their homework behind the scenes.”

On a sensible degree, the award can be welcome as a result of it buys Baghramian time, a necessary ingredient of her observe. “It needs time to produce, it needs time to struggle,” she mentioned. That is why a considerable monetary infusion is so useful. “The production of sculpture doesn’t just fall from the heavens,” she added. “You work for it, and it wants assist.