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First Faber-Castell International Drawing Award goes to American artist Trisha Donnelly
The award is linked to an exhibition at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. The award winner receives 15,000 Euros.

NUREMBERG.- The €15,000 Faber-Castell International Drawing Award was awarded for the first time at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. An international jury unanimously selected Trisha Donnelly as the winner out of the five nominated artists.

Trisha Donnelly, born in 1974, lives and works in New York. The jury emphasised that her work was characterised by subtle handling of the medium, concentrated and precise positioning and the integration of other techniques. Trisha Donnelly imagery appears to be reduced to essentials and still allows mind spaces to be opened up. The observer is drawn in, visually challenged, his perception is sharpened, without the drawings giving up all their secrets.

The jury acknowledged the consistently high quality of the contributions. The nominated artists demonstrated different approaches to drawing, which collectively illustrate that the medium is both up-to-date and autonomous.The spectrum ranges from narrative to conceptual to cross-media positions. Drawing is used as an art form, ideally suited to illustrate the wide range of relationships to reality; these can be autobiographic reflections, references to music, theatre, science, nature or mass-media images.

An international artist up to the age of 40, mainly working in the medium of drawing, who shows great potential to make an exceptional artistic contribution, is awarded the prize.

The award is linked to an exhibition at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. The award winner receives 15,000 Euros. Starting in 2012, the prize will be awarded every three years. The system is set up so that five international nominators each suggest an artist. For the first award giving ceremony Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Kunsthalle Zürich, Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern in London, Chus Martínez, Director of the curatorial department at the Documenta 13 and Chief Curator at the MACBA in Barcelona and Stella Rollig, Director of the Lentos Museum in Linz could be recruited.

These five nominators had each suggested an artist for the award. The artists not only come from different countries, but also work in very different ways in the field of drawing. The Bulgarian Sevda Chkoutova, American Trisha Donnelly, Paulina Olowska from Poland and Sabine Moritz and Jorinde Voigt from Germany had been nominated for the award; the artists all present their work in a joint exhibition at the Neues Museum.

The artist Jorinde Voigt living in Berlin works with filigree, large format notations of numbers, letters and lines, dealing with the everyday phenomena that are all around us. She has developed her own, unique language for this; her abstract image code works within self-imposed rules to analyse reality down to the last detail.

The perception of reality is the starting point for the Cologne-based artist Sabine Moritz, who uses newspaper photographs as a template for her work. The image reports here are not, however, the starting point for further research into the subject. It is more the motifs themselves that are medium for an inner dialogue, a reflection of reality that does not impose preconceived values.

The Bulgarian artist Sevda Chkoutova lives in Vienna and in her drawings works with diverse cultural impressions from East and West. In her work, Paulina Olowska from Poland, who lived for some time in Chicago, initiates a dialogue of the many, separated disciplines in our culture, such as fashion, the visual arts, theatre and design.

Among the artistic strategies that Trisha Donnelly employs is the dealing with what is absent and what is unknown, and the phenomenon of time.

The award ceremony for the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award was held in conjunction with the exhibition opening on the 12 July 2012, after the international jury had selected the winner from the submitted suggestions. The jury was composed of: Okwui Enwezor (Director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich ), Dr. Ulrike Groos (Director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart), Adam Budak (Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington) and Konrad Bitterli (Chief Curator at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen) and Dr. Melitta Kliege, Head of the Exhibition / Dr. Angelika Nollert, Director of the Neues Museum, Nuremberg.

Faber-Castell, the international manufacturer of writing and drawing instruments has been engaged in the field of contemporary art in Nuremberg for decades. The fist triennial award for drawing in 1979 inspired the current head of the company Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell and the former director of the Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Dr. Curt Heigl to set up a unique grant: the "Stadtzeichner von Nürnberg". The thirteen grants awarded to date (for instance to Ian McKeever, Leiko Ikemura, Nanne Meyer and Beate Terfloth) were funded jointly by the city of Nuremberg and the company. Pieces from all award winners of the "Stadtzeichner von Nürnberg" are on show in the Neues Museum collection.

The newly developed cooperation between the Neues Museum and the Faber-Castell company provides an international platform on which contemporary art with an international reputation can be promoted and exhibited.

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