Arte Laguna Prize: a wide range of opportunities for artists and a window into the market.
Call for artists extended to December 18th, 2017
Arte Laguna Prize tells its story through the numbers of its last editions and the achievements of its finalists and winners. More than 42.00 artists from 120 countries and a total cash prize of 335.000,00 euro assigned over the years: here are some of the protagonists of the contemporary art world.
Images: Arsenale of Venice (location of finalists exhibition); exhibition opening of the past edition, March 2017
Venice, 21st November 2017 – more than 42.000 artists from 120 countries, 1235 artworks exhibited in Venice, 335.000,00 euro of cash prizes, 75 international jurors from 16 countries, more than 50.000 visitors to the exhibitions: these are the data of the last ten years of Arte Laguna Prize.
For its 12th edition the prize offers even more opportunities to the artists that participate: as a matter of fact, 103 collaborations with international partners are currently available.
In the last three years, Arte Laguna Prize has assigned 104 special prizes, introduced its artists to festivals, collective exhibitions and international events, established 24 collaborations with companies and art platforms and awarded 31 artists with art residencies.
For many artists their journey started here and then became more and more established thanks to their determination and abilities. That is the case for Carlos Martiel, Cuban artist who was the absolute winner of the performance category back in 2013. Thanks to the attention from the media and the support from the critics, he was able to spread his wings and work with several art galleries, until he got to the 57th Venice Biennale. His highly emotional performances, featuring his body, have captured the attention of the public and of the international critics. The Recycle Group,exhibited their works at the Venice Biennale, as well. In 2016 they were among the finalists of Arte Laguna Prize and this year they were part of the Russia Pavilion with their artwork Paradise Network. There is no shortage of collaborations with big brands, such as in the case of the Russian artist Sasha Frolova, finalist of the 7th edition of Arte Laguna Prize and winner of the “Personal Exhibitions” prize at the Akneo gallery in Naples and at the Federica Ghizzoni gallery in Milan, who also won a contest for designing a backpack for Braccialini. And of artistic partnerships, like in the case of Gian Giacomo Borin winner in 2014 of the Business for Art prize with the company Riva 1920 of Cantù. After exhibiting at the Venice Arsenale his project Bricco Light, a lamp entirely made of briccola wood and iron that can be used both as a swing lamp and as a table lamp, he became one of the designers of the same company that selected his project among the 200 that were submitted. Hagar Fletcher, Israeli artist that creates her artworks using plastic recovery materials, was among the finalists in 2013 and in the same year she was chosen by the brand Zara to create an installation for its Milan flagship store and in 2015 she was at the Israel Pavilion of Expo Milano with one of her artworks.
Silvia Manazza finalist in 2016 for the sculpture section and winner of The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Art Residency in Shangai, saw her artworks featured in several fashion magazines, from Vogue to Io Donna; she was also the protagonist of an exhibition at palazzo Salmatoris in Chierasco, Cuneo and her works are currently on display at the Musei Civici of Pavia.
Going back in time,Marcus Jansen,today one of the best contemporary artists from New York, was one of the finalists of the 7th edition in 2013 and won an exhibition at Bianca Maria Rizzi Gallery in Milan; in 2016 he was at the Triennale of Milan with a solo exhibition. He is considered a pioneer in redefining urban landscape painting and a documentary about him that was recently released, Marcus Jansen: Examine & Report From cinema to music:Domenico dell’Osso, finalist of the 5th edition in 2011, with his surreal paintings caught the attention of the singer Caparezza, who asked him to design the cover of Museica, the album he released in 2014. Worth mentioning is also Gary Chan (Chan Kwok Hung) from Hong Kong, again one of the finalists of the 5th edition, who won the Coca-Cola World Photo Contest, the National Geographic Photography Contest and the Sony World Photography Award.
The call for artists of the 12th edition of Arte Laguna Prize has been extended to December 18th ; artists who haven't applied yet will get the chance to benefit from even more artistic opportunities thanks to the Cultural Association MoCA.
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