Norwegian artist Dag Erik Elgin wins the Carnegie Art Award 2014!

This year, Norwegian artist Dag Erik Elgin wins the Carnegie Art Award first prize of one million Swedish kronor, one of the world’s largest art awards, for a work filled with humour, history and science.

This is the eleventh edition of the Carnegie Art Award for the most prominent Nordic artists, and the opening of the eleventh exhibition, Carnegie Art Award 2014, featuring 17 Nordic artists selected in tough competition among 113 nominees.

The jury has awarded the first prize of one million SEK to Norwegian artist Dag Erik Elgin (b. 1962). Elgin is showing a monumental work, which communicates both with the French artist, art critic and diplomat Roger de Piles’ (1635-1709) quantitative system (based on a scale from 0 to 18, and divided into the categories “composition”, “drawing”, “colour” and “expression”) of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and with the minimalism and conceptualism of our time. The series Balance of Painters is a painted version of de Piles’ overview. Elgin is currently working on a large research and exhibition project at Henie Onstad Kunsesenter concerning the provenance of works by Henri Matisse.

The second prize of SEK 600,000 is awarded to the Swedish artist Sophie Tottie (b. 1964) who pursues her investigation of painting in the extended field. Focusing on painting as an object or physical presence, and on an immaterial seeing that is built on mere suggestions, the boundaries are shifted experimentally. This autumn, Tottie will also be participating in a group show in Bregenz, together with Giulio Paolini, Matt Mullican, Karin Sander, Olafur Eliasson and other artists.

The Danish artist group A Kassen (Christian Bretton-Meyer, b. 1976; Morten Steen Hebsgaard, b. 1977; Søren Petersen, b. 1977; and Tommy Petersen, b. 1975) is awarded the third prize of SEK 400,000. A Kassen is showing works from an ongoing series which relates, with subtle humour, to their conceptual investigating of the limits of art. The group has several upcoming exhibitions this autumn, including a solo show at the New York Gallery,  and are also participating in group shows at Galerie Hussenot, Paris, in September and Lunds Konsthall in November.

The Carnegie Art Award grant of SEK 100,000 to a young artist this year is awarded to the Icelandic artist Davið Örn Halldórsson (b. 1976). Halldórsson is showing five works with references to expressions such as graffiti, pop art and art history, experimenting with painting techniques and spray on found materials. In October, he will participate in a group show at Artíma Gallery, Reykjavik, and later this autumn, he will appear in Leipzig and have a solo show at Thoka Gallery in Reykjavik.

The prizes will be awarded at the opening of Carnegie Art Award 2014 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm on November 14, 2013.

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