Selected artists: Marcel van Eeden, Vidya Gastaldon and Amelie Von Wulffen

Following the deliberations of the Contemporary Drawing Prize’s committee, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation has announced the names of the three selected artists for the 2011 award.

MARCEL VAN EEDEN
Born in 1965 in The Hague, Netherlands, he lives and works in The Hague, Zurich and Berlin. He is represented in Zurich by the Bob von Orsouw gallery and in Munich by the Zink gallery. In 2004, he exhibited at the Netherlands Institute in Paris.

VIDYA GASTALDON
Born in 1974 in Besançon, France, she lives and works in Geneva. She studied at the Beaux-Arts in Grenoble. She is represented in France by the Art : Concept gallery, in Switzerland by Guy Bärtschi and Francesca Pia, in the United States by Salon 94 and in Japan by the Hiromi Yoshii gallery. In 1998, she exhibited at the CAPC de Bordeaux.

AMELIE VON WULFFEN
Born in 1966 in Breitenbrunn, Germany. she lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. She studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich and today teaches at the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna. She is represented in France by the Almine Rech gallery, in Austria by the Gabriele Senn gallery, in Germany by the Crone gallery and in the United States by Greene Naftali. In 2005, she exhibited in the 315 space at the Centre Pompidou.

The documents concerning the three artists will be given to an international jury composed of Pierre Bourgie (Canada), Michel Delfosse (Belgium), Morris Orden (USA), Ulrich Reininghaus (Germany), Hervé Aaron (France), Jean-Jacques de Flers (France) and Bernard Herbo (France) as well as Daniel and Florence Guerlain.

The award ceremony will take place on the 31st of March, 2011 during the Salon du Dessin at the Palais de la Bourse, Paris. The winner will receive an endowment of 15.000 euros and the two other selected artists will receive 2.500 euros each. A work by the winner is offered by the Foundation to the Graphic Arts Department of the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou.

ABOUT THE PRIZE
This prize is reserved for both French and foreign artists, whether they live in France or not, but who sustain a privileged cultural link with France (through exhibitions, studies…) and for whom drawing constitutes a significant part of their work, whatever their main mode of expression.

Awarded for the first time in 2007 and biennial until 2009, the Prize honours artists who make any unique work on paper or cardboard, using graphic means: crayon, charcoal, red chalk, ink, wash tint, gouache, watercolour, pastels and felt… including collages and wall drawings but excluding computer and mechanical processes.

The candidates are selected by a committee composed of the two founders, Daniel and Florence Guerlain, and of four members chosen for their competence and interest in contemporary art. Following a working meeting with the artists, visits to studios and analysis, the committee selects three artists whose work is presented to a jury that changes with each prize and responsible for choosing the winner.

2010 Drawing Prize Winner : Catharina van Eetvelde (Belgium).
Selected : Dove Allouche (France) and Thomas Müller (Germany).

2009 Drawing Prize Winner : Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (Chili).
Selected : Frédérique Loutz (France) and Jorge Queiroz (Portugal).

2007 Drawing Prize Winner : Silvia Bächli (Switzerland).
Selected : Javier Pérez (Spain) and Jean-Luc Verna (France).

Created in 1996, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation organized exhibitions in the family property for ten years, before Daniel and Florence Guerlain decided to devote the Foundation’s activities to the Contemporary Drawing Prize. The award receives the support of Neuflize OBC, Guerlain, Axa Art, Artcurial, Loticis, Château Seguin and the Foundation’s Cercle des Amis.

Fondation d’Art Contemporain
Daniel & Florence Guerlain
5, rue de la Vallée
78490 Les Mesnuls. France

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