Previous winners of the Young Masters Art prize including Ghost of a Dream will be featured in a fundraising exhibition at Rupert Cavendish Antiques in London from 18 June 2012, with an auction of the works hosted by Christie’s taking place at the same venue on 21 June 2012.
The Young Masters Art Prize is a unique, not-for-profit, bi-annual competition open to international and UK-based artists who combine innovation with awareness of the Old Masters and art of the past. Aiming to give global recognition to artists in the early stages of their career, this initiative is the brainchild of London-based gallerist Cynthia Corbett. Alongside an open call for entry, Cynthia also personally invites selected emerging artists to participate. The Young Masters 2010 Tour enabled the winners to show their work to an international audience at The Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House, Art Miami & Art Chicago.
Winners of the inaugural Young Masters Prize in 2009, US collaborative Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom) will present their iconic sculptures and installations embodying opulence while being constructed of materials that typically end up in the trash. This year, the duo’s work has exhibited at several galleries in New York and the Colorado Fine Arts Center, alongside residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. Also being showcased is the work of Barcelona-born artist Lluís Barba who comments on contemporary culture by adding modern society darlings onto Old Master scenes; the surrealist works of Charlotte Bracegirdle; Tracy Satchwill’s playful collages and Jamie Lumley’s inimitable painterly-style photography.
The art of Young Masters newcomers Elaine Wilson and Wieland Payer will be presented at the show. Gritty, uncomfortable and probing, Scottish-born Wilson explores themes of self and ‘other’ in her sculptures and collages. Payer’s prints and drawings represent ethereal landscapes with weird cultures, echoing the work of Carl Blechen and Casper David Friedrich.
Says Cynthia “Our initiative is unparalleled in that it showcases international contemporary art with historical links both to the British public and the arts world. We’re delighted that our prior winners and runners-up have since gained substantial awareness and this exhibition/auction will secure funds to ensure the continuation of Young Masters.”
The Young Masters Fundraising Exhibition is taking place 18 June – 4 July 2012 at Rupert Cavendish Antiques, 610 King’s Road, London SW6 Tel: +44 207 731 7041.
The Young Masters Fundraising Auction is taking place on Thursday 21 June, 6 – 9pm, also at Rupert Cavendish Antiques.
For further info, please visit www.young-masters.co.uk or call Annabel Cary on 07949 833828 or 020 8947 6782.
View interviews with Cynthia Corbett, curator Daria Khan (RCA) and the 2012 judges at:
About Young Masters Art Prize 2012
This year’s exhibition is curated by Daria Khan (RCA). The judging panel includes art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair); Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator, National Gallery; Roy Bolton, Director, Sphinx Fine Art; Adam Dant, Jerwood Drawing Prize winner; Alain Servais, renowned Belgian art collector; Anke Adler-Slottke, Director, Christie’s International; and previous Young Masters winners, Ghost of a Dream.
Submissions are open until 15 May 2012 via www.young-masters.co.uk. Applications accepted from all media including painting, sculpture and installation, photography, printmaking, drawing and video. The shortlist for this year’s Prize will be announced in June 2012.
The Young Masters Art Prize Awards Ceremony and Exhibition will take place in October/November 2012 at Sphinx Fine Art, Kensington and Gallery 27, Cork Street. The 2012 winner will receive £5,000 and, alongside the shortlisted artists, will have the opportunity to exhibit in special projects throughout 2013. The Artists’ Collecting Society is offering £500 for each of the two runners up, with advice to all the shortlisted artists on copyright. The three winning artists will be invited to hold selected images on the Bridgeman Art Library archive.
About Cynthia Corbett
Graduating from Tufts/Harvard Universities, Cynthia was an economist for many years before training at Christie’s Education in art history and subsequently launching The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London in 2004. This international contemporary art gallery represents emerging and newly established artists and is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs including The London Art Fair, VOLTA NY/Basel, ART Chicago, ART Hamptons; SLICK Paris/Brussels and ART Miami.
With her eye on the economic downturn in 2008, Cynthia decided to develop the Young Masters initiative to promote artists whose work recognizes the techniques and subjects of the Old Masters with an innovative spin.
Please visit http://www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com/ for further info.