We were pleased to learn that Doris Salcedo has been awarded the first Nasher Prize for achievements in sculpture. Her work was recently on view at the museum in the artist's MCA–organized retrospective, which traveled to the Guggenheim (through October 12) and opens in Miami in April 2016. Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota—one of seven jurors for the prize—reflected on the first recipient and the future of the prize:
It is a great responsibility to select the first winner of a new prize, as it sets the tone for what the prize can and is willing to achieve. In selecting a winner, we wanted to choose someone whose work was not only innovative, challenging, and significant, but also someone whose work continues to take risks, and address the changing contemporary conditions. From the outset, Doris Salcedo has created memorable work that deals with conflict. Most importantly, her work continues to evolve and change, both conceptually and aesthetically, as it addresses social and political issues most relevant to us today.
The artist speaks about her work for an MCA Talk in the video above.
we wanted to choose someone . . . whose work continues to take risks, and address the changing contemporary conditions.