William Kentridge Awarded Spain’s Most Prestigious Art Prize

08 May 2017
William Kentridge Awarded Spain’s Most Prestigious Art Prize

Congratulations to PEN SA Member William Kentridge who has been awarded the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts, Spain’s most prestigious art prize. Past winners of the award include UK Architect Norman Foster, US filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke and US singer Bob Dylan.

The awards will be given out in a ceremony presided by Spanish King Felipe in October.

On awarding the prize to Kentridge, the jury released a statement, published on its site, stating that:

In his work, this South African artist has expressed emotions and metaphors related to the history and reality of his country which nonetheless transcend the latter and raise essential questions regarding the human condition, combining subjects in which purely poetic and aesthetic investigation predominate alongside themes with socio-political content.

Accepting the award, Kentridge said:

“I am delighted to be a recipient of the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts. It is a great honour to be numbered among the previous winners within the arts, and further, to be part of the community of people who have been thus honoured: not just in the fields of visual arts and literature, but those who have received the award in recognition of their work within a more directly social context. The work done by artists, in diverse and often indirect ways, forms part of a larger project about what it is to be in the world at the moment. The scope of the awards seems to acknowledge this, in its recognition of those others in whose company the artists or writers are given their awards.”

(Image courtesy of William Kentridge)

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