For Immediate Release
Contact: Wendy Malloy,
SAM Public Relations
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM HONORS LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER WITH THE 2013 GWENDOLYN KNIGHT AND JACOB LAWRENCE PRIZE
Frazier will receive $10,000 award, along with a solo exhibition at SAM
"I am honored to have this opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence," said Frazier. "This prize will ensure that I am able to continue using my artwork as a platform to amplify the many voices and existence of silenced and marginalized citizens."
"We are thrilled to award LaToya Ruby Frazier with this yearís Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize," said Kimerly Rorschach, SAMís IIlsley Ball Nordstrom Director. "Her artistic and cultural practice truly honors the legacy of the Lawrences."
Frazier is a photographer and media artist whose practice is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation. With an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism, Frazier investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity. Her most recent installation, A Haunted Capital, at the Brooklyn Museum features approximately 40 photographs highlighting the effects of deindustrialization on Frazierís hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. A Haunted Capital is an intimate look at Frazierís family, connecting their experiences to the history of Braddock, and its decline from one of Americaís first steel mill towns to the "distressed municipality" it is today.
Franklin Sirmans, department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art says Frazierís "keen sense of the photograph's ability to document fact and picture fiction is remarkable."
A recent New York Times review of A Haunted Capital by Karen Rosenberg describes her installation as "simultaneously introspective and extroverted, itís composed of arresting black-and-white photographs that sometimes look like studio portraits or social documentaries but arenít fully at home in either category."
"Each time I curate the solo show with the artist receiving this prize, I am reminded of the generosity and strategic thinking of Gwendolyn Knight," said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, SAMís Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs/ Adjunct Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art.
Frazier lives and works between New Jersey, New York City and Braddock PA. She is Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, where she has also taught photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2012 Frazier was appointed critic in photography at Yale University. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries including the Whitney Museum of American Art: 2012 Whitney Biennial, P.S.1 MoMA 2010 Greater New York, the New Museum of Contemporary Art 2009 triennial Younger Than Jesus, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Living and Dreaming, the Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast and at the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh Biennial, Gertrude's /Lot.
PAST GWENDOLYN KNIGHT | JACOB LAWRENCE PRIZE RECIPIENTS The 2011 Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize was awarded to artist Theaster Gates, whose work been shown at major museums and galleries across the globe. Committed to the revitalization of neighborhoods through combining urban planning and art practices, Gates was a participant at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany.
Artist Titus Kaphar received the inaugural prize in 2009.A graduate of Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts degree, Kapharís work has been displayed in Berlin, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv and is currently on view at the Savannah College of Design.
GWENDOLYN KNIGHT | JACOB LAWRENCE PRIZE AND GALLERY
SAMís Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize is awarded bi-annually to an early career black artist who has been producing work for less than 10 years. The prize was created to provide inspiration for young black artists. Bi-annually, nominations are requested from an anonymous roster of distinguished and celebrated artists, curators and cultural producers who have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary black artistic practice. In her capacity as lead curator for this prize, Sandra Jackson-Dumont conducts studio visits, participates in forums and is associated with networks that create access to artists relevant to this prize. Funding for the fellowship is provided by the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Endowment.
The Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Gallery honors the legacy of these two renowned artists, their contributions to the artistic landscape and their support of SAM. The gallery features installations highlighting the work of the Lawrences, contemporary artists of color, and artists sharing their interests, aesthetic values and creative practices.