There are few prizes in the contemporary art world as prestigious as the Hugo Boss Prize 2018. Fact. I mean, a stipend of $100,000, plus an opportunity to have a solo exhibition at New York’s beloved Guggenheim Museum? Life-changing stuff.
And Brooklyn-based artist Simone Leigh – whose dynamic sculptures, video and installations explore black female subjectivity – has now been announced as the 12th winner to receive the honour.
“The Hugo Boss Prize marks a highlight in our partnership with the Guggenheim Museum and we are proud that it has been at the core of our arts program for more than twenty years,” explained Mark Langer, CEO of HUGO BOSS. “We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Simone Leigh and express our gratitude to the jury and the Guggenheim Museum for their dedication and support.”
This year’s Hugo Boss Prize was celebrated with a private dinner at the Guggenheim followed by a musical performance by British classical soul artist Alexis Ffrench.