Public days: 1 - 3 november 2019
Prizes 2018
The EDIT Dinner Prize (new)

The EDIT Dinner Prize promoted by EDIT – an innovative gastronomic hub that combines experimentation with sharing – is a new prize consisting in the production and artistic direction of a dinner to be realised at EDIT on the occasion of the 2019 edition of the fair.

Bruna Esposito, presented by FL Gallery from Milan, is the winner of first edition of the prize. The artist has been selected by a jury of professionals with expertise in the fields of art and food innovation, composed of Massimo Bartolini, artist, Marco Brignone, founder of EDIT, Turin, Roberta Ceretto, communication and marketing for Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole, Alba, and Giorgio de Mitri, creative director and founder of Sartoria Comunicazione, Modena, with the following motivation:

The jury has decided to select the artist Bruna Esposito (Roma, 1960) for her ability to create skilfully poised works that trigger a direct dialogue with visitors. The artist – who enjoys cooking – has worked on various food materials during the course of her career, such as coffee for example, and for the fair she has presented a work depicting studies on the eyes of fish. The jury was impressed by the care Esposito puts into the choice of subjects and materials, which grant her work a perfect balance between force and lightness, creating true poetic compositions as metaphorical situations subject to multiple interpretations.

The winner has been selected among all those taking part in the fair and has covered all eight sections without limitations of age or expressive medium.

Campari Art Prize

Rodrigo Hernández, presented by Madragoa from Lisbon, is the winner of the second edition of the Campari Art Prize, organized by Artissima in collaboration with Campari Group and dedicated to an artist under 35 selected from all those involved in the 8 section of the fair.

The winner, chosen for the communicative force and narrative impact of his work, will be featured in a solo show at Galleria Campari, the corporate museum of Gruppo Campari, located at the headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni, at the gates of Milan.

The international jury composed of Lorenzo Fusi, independent curator and director of PIAC, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, Abaseh Mirvali, director and chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and Claire Tancons, co-curator of Sharjah Biennial 14 has awarded the prize with the following motivation:

The artist revisits a history and aesthetics that draws from the Meso-American iconography as much as European Modernisms and elements of the Italian avant-garde, and reinterprets them anew focusing on the most essential elements and components of these languages and traditions. In doing so, he creates a vocabulary that is novel and unique, and yet reminiscent of the many histories and references he adopts. The jury also acknowledges the references to craftsmanship and the materiality in Hernandez’s work.

OGR Award

The OGR Award is the prize of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT leading to the acquisition of an artwork of the new Sound section – focused on contemporary sonic research – as part of the foundation’s collection.

Tomás Saraceno – presented by Pinksummer from Genoa – is the winner of the second edition of the OGR Award.

The winner has been selected from 15 individual projects of the Sound section by an international jury composed of Anna Colin, associate curator of Lafayette Anticipations in Paris and co-director of the Open School East in Margate, Lorenzo Giusti, director of GAMEC Bergamo, and Judith Waldmann, curator and head of Monitoring at Kasseler Kunstverein in Kassel with the following motivation:

We were impressed by the quality of the new Sound section of Artissima and by the sensitive approach towards the work, which is placed in an environment dedicated to sonic practices and familiar with the challenges of exhibiting them. 

As with every jury, making a choice was hard but we felt a unanimous connection to the work of  Tomás Saraceno, ‘Radio Galena’, a mineral sound receiver, which plays the sound of a radio station used by native Argentinian people to discuss land rights and independence. 

We value the work formally and for its social and environmental engagement, and for this reason we have chosen to grant Tomás Saraceno the OGR Award.
As jurors we would also like to give a special mention to the historical work of Italian artist Ugo La Pietra,  ‘Audio Casco’, which has made an important impact on us.

Refresh Irinox Prize

Francesc Ruiz, presented by García | Galleria, Madrid, is the winner of the second edition of the Refresh Irinox Prizeassigned to the artist that most vividly conveys the expressive immediacy of drawing in a contemporary approach. In partnership with Irinox, the prize is focused on Disegni, the section of the fair dedicated to the peculiarities of drawing.

The winner has been selected from an international jury composed of Naomi Beckwith, senior curator of MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Fernanda Brenner, founder and director of PIVO in São Paulo, and Sohrab Mohebbi, curator at the SculptureCenter of Long Island, with the following motivation:

In an immediate and unanimous decision, the jury has selected Francesc Ruiz of García | Galería for this year’s Refresh Irinox Prize. Ruiz’s masterfully executed drawings that bring together a rigorous conceptual practice with the tradition of comics. The project is well-researched, elegant, and, in a smart installation that fills the entire booth, takes on an interesting historic matter that is still relevant and shapes the present.
The jury is pleased to give Silvia Bächli of Rafaella Cortese an honourable mention as she continuously tests the limits of drawing as both a formal (plastic) experiment and bodily exercise.

The Refresh Irinox Prize, besides the award, also includes an acquisition made by Irinox in the Disegni section of two works by artist Ignacio Uriarte presented by Gentili, Firenze and Philipp Von Rosen, Cologne.

Ettore e Ines Fico Prize

Georgia Sagri, presented by Anthony Reynolds London, is the winner of the Ettore e Ines Fico Prize. In collaboration with Museo and the Fondazione Ettore Fico and realised by Artissima, the prize is dedicated to a young artist participating at the fair.

The jury composed of Renato Alpegiani, collector and advisor of Fondazione Ettore Fico of Torino, Andrea Busto, director of MEF – Museo Ettore Fico of Torino, Luigi Fassi, director of MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, and Letizia Ragaglia, director of the Museion in Bolzano has awarded the prize with the following statement:

The Ettore and Ines Fico Prize has been unanimously assigned by its jury to Georgia Sagri. The Greek artist, in the work “Different Faces”, combines an intense focus on the most urgent social and political themes under discussion on a global level with a language that strives for formal innovation with a humanistic sensibility. In her work, the tradition of drawing and materic painting blends with a poetically restless conceptual language, where the references to social protest translate into an idea of freedom and hope for the future.

The award has been created to support one emerging artist that has distinguished him/herself for the use of new expressive approaches through innovative research, creative force and intellectual rigor. The monetary award is reinforced by the commitment of Fondazione Ettore Fico to acquire a work from the winner’s gallery of reference, making it part of the collection of MEF – Museo Ettore Fico of Torino.

illy Present Future Prize

illy Present Future Prize, promoted by illycaffè and celebrating its 18th edition, it’s assigned to the most significant work in the Present Future section. Since 2012, in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, the prize offers the winner the exceptional opportunity to have a show in the spaces of the museum.

Pedro Neves Marques, presented by Umberto di Marino (Naples) is the winner of the 2018 edition of the prize, awarded by an international jury composed of Lorenzo Benedetti, curator of Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art of Torino, and Kirsty Ogg, director of New Contemporaries in London. Together they have identified the winner with the following motivation:

The jury unanimously awards Pedro Neves Marques the illy Present Future Prize for an engaging presentation that spans current issues around genetic engineering, the environment and globalisation. Neves Marques series of works presented by Umberto Di Marino for Artissima poetically place the individual and identity into dialogue with these urgent concerns.
The jury would also make special mentions for Alejandra Hernández presented by Laveronica (Modica) and Ad Minoliti presented by Peres Projects (Berlin).

Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize

The Sardi per l’ArteBack to the Future Prize, promoted by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte and dedicated to the gallery with the most interesting project in terms of historical importance and display, has been awarded to Rolf Julius and Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, represented by Thomas Bernard-Cortex Athletico, Paris and ChertLüdde, Berlin.

The international jury composed of Julieta Gonzáles, artistic director of Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo of Mexico City, Jean Loisy, president of Palais de Tokyo of Paris, Andrea Viliani, director of MADRE Napoli, and Lisa Parola, curator of Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte of Torino have selected ex aequo the winners with the following motivation:

The two galleries selected at this edition of Artissima stand out for the presentation of bodies of work that convey an overall sense of the research of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt and Rolf Julius, both artists involved in some of the most important historical-artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, such as Mail Art, Visual Poetry and Fluxus, while maintaining a certain distance and autonomy, acting as catalysts of many discussions and collaborations. The two winning galleries – ChertLüdde, Berlin and Thomas Bernard-Cortex Athletico, Paris – operate precisely to protect the fragility and relevance of such positions, which continue to remain at the outskirts with respect to the art market today.
The jury has also taken stock of the commitment of the two galleries in the development of archival research of fundamental value for knowledge of the artists, including the production of important publications on their work.
Besides these two artists and poets, there is another artist-poet we have known very well here in Turin for many years, whose research shifts the word-sound dichotomy towards the dimension of action, as can be experienced in the thorough presentation of Häusler Contemporary (Munich, Zurich, Lustenau) and Michela Rizzo (Venezia). The jury has thus assigned a special mention to their work and to this artist, Hamish Fulton.
These awards also mark the fifth anniversary of Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, created precisely to recognise the relationship between the figures of the gallerist and the artist, honoured by all the prizes, each in their own individual universe of work and expression.

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