The Nasher Sculpture Center announces American artist Michael Rakowitz as the recipient of the 2020 Nasher Prize. Now in its fifth year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.
Since the start of his career in the 1990's, Michael Rakowitz has made art that focuses largely on reconciliation and the reclaiming of complicated material and cultural histories. Such projects include inflatable homeless shelters across the United States, stone tablets in Kabul, Afghanistan, grocery stores, restaurants, public demonstrations, and most recently a project that restores some 7000 lost or stolen artifacts from Iraq using Middle Eastern food packaging.
Rakowitz shows a versatility in his understanding of materials and diversifies the ways in which communities can interact with his art, a trait that positions him as a leader in the conversation about art as a catalyst for social change.
1:45 - 1:46 : Michael Rakowitz (left) with Ayed Arafeh (right). Arafeh is the artist of the mural between the two which memorializes Tamir Rice.
1:56 : Installation view of Rhona Hoffman 40 Years / Part 3 – Political, January 13 – February 18, 2017. Michael Rakowitz works are included in the show but not in this image.