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Discover the 2016 Prix Canson® jury!

9 February 2016

The Prix Canson®, awarded by a panel of key figures from the world of art and culture, recognises an artist whose work is the fruit of real research in the field of Art and Paper.

It rewards a professional international artist who works with paper, whether through drawing or through other creative forms (painting, collage, sculpture, installations … but not pure photography).

Here is the 2016 Prix Canson® jury...

On the picture, from top to bottom, left to right : Tunga, Ian Alteveer,Bice Curiger,Amanda Hunt,Brett Littman, Frédéric Paul,Helen Molesworth,Katharine Stout,Michaël Woolworth

Tunga, Artist (Rio de Janeiro) – President of the Jury

Tunga is one of the leading Brazilian artists of his generation. He expresses himself though sculpture, installation, performance and drawing. The mineral world as well as body affects are his work’s great influences. Tunga is based in Rio de Janeiro and his work can be seen in permanent collections of major museums and institutions throughout the world. In 2014, he presented the series of sculptures and drawings entitled From La Voie Humide, exhibited in galleries from New York, Sao Paulo, London, Torino and recently at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, for the 2015 Festival of Arts & Nature.


Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, MET (New York)

Ian Alteveer is Associate Curator in the Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), where he organized the past three Roof Garden Commissions.  Also at the Met he installed William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (2013–14) and Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years (2012). He worked on the Met’s presentations of Ellsworth Kelly (2012), Richard Serra  (2011), John Baldessari (2010), Francis Bacon (2009), and Jasper Johns (2008) and is currently co-organizing a Kerry James Marshall retrospective.  Prior to joining the Met, Ian was graduate curatorial fellow and curatorial assistant at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery.


Bice Curiger, Artistic Director, Vincent van Gogh Foundation Arles and editor-in-chief, Parkett (Zürich)

Bice Curiger is an Art Historian and Artistic Director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles. She is also editor and co-founder of Parkett, published in Zurich and New York, and has been a curator at Kunsthaus Zurich for twenty years. In 2011 she was the director of the 53th Venice Biennale. She is the author of many books, catalogs and articles on Meret Oppenheim, Sigmar Polke, Katharina Fritsch, Maurizio Cattelan, Rebecca Warren among others.


Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York)

Amanda Hunt is Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she manages the 2015-16 Artist in Residence program, and has curated many artists’ shows. Hunt curated Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, and was a curator at LA><ART from 2011-2014. Hunt has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt helped to produce two major initiatives in Los Angeles, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, and Made in LA 2012.


Brett Littman, Executive Director, Drawing Center (New York)

Brett Littman has been the Executive Director of The Drawing Center since 2007.   Previously he was the Deputy Director of MOMA PS1, Co-Director of Dieu Donné and Associate Director of UrbanGlass. He has contributed news and commentary to a wide range of international publications and critical essays to many exhibition catalogues. As a curator, Littman has organized exhibitions for The Drawing Center and other non-profits and galleries worldwide.


Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, MOCA (Los Angeles)

Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles. From 2010-2014 she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, where she assembled exhibitions of artists Steve Locke, Catherine Opie, Josiah McElheny, and Amy Sillman. She was also the head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum. From 2002 to 2007, she was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art from 2000-2002. She is the author of numerous catalogue essays.


Frédéric Paul, Curator, MNAM/ Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)

Frédéric Paul is an art critic and an art historian. He managed the FRAC du Limousin from 1988 to 2000 and the Domaine de Kerguéhennec from 200 to 2010. He has been Curator at MNAM/ Centre Georges Pompidou since 2015. He has organized hundreds of exhibitions, with the collaboration of many artists, such as Douglas Huebler, Allen Ruppersberg, William Wegman, Jonathan Monk, Claude Closky, Giuseppe Gabellone, Beatriz Milhazes... He recently published Guy de Cointet (Flammarion, 2013), Giuseppe Penone, archéologie (Actes Sud, 2014), Sarah Morris, CAPITAL letters read better for Initials (August Vergag, 2015).


Katherine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA (Londres)

Katharine Stout has been Head of Programme at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) since 2013. She was Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain from 1999 to 2013. In 2001, she co-founded the Drawing Room, the major European non-profit organization for contemporary drawing. She also was the contemporary art consultant at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich where she inaugurated the contemporary art program. She has written numerous texts on contemporary British and international art. Her book, Contemporary Drawing: 1960s to now was published by Tate in Autumn 2014.


Michaël Woolworth, Art Printer (Paris)

Michaël Woolworth is a publisher and an American Art Printer. He founded his company in Paris in 1985, focused on the realization of original and limited editions with contemporary artists such as Steve Locke, Catherine Opie, Josiah McElheny and Amy Sillman. His space, located Place de la Bastille, is a printing house, a gallery (exhibitions on contemporary artworks), as well as a venue for meetings, lectures, projections and concerts.