2013 Carnegie International Carnegie and Fine Prizes Announced

Jury awards artists Nicole Eisenman and Zanele Muholi with Carnegie Prize and Fine Prize


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Artists Nicole Eisenman and Zanele Muholi have been awarded the Carnegie Prize and the Fine Prize for their work in the 2013 Carnegie International.

New York–based artist Nicole Eisenman received the Carnegie Prize for her career-spanning survey of painting paired with new sculpture installed in the museum’s Hall of Sculpture. Her paintings and sculptures vacillate between a world rooted in the visual language of art history and a forthright, comedic, and critical meditation on contemporary life. The Carnegie Prize includes a $10,000 award and the Medal of Honor, designed by Tiffany & Co., cast by J. E. Caldwell & Co., and first issued at the 1896 International.

Nicole Eisenman, Beer Garden with Ulrike and Celeste, 2009, oil on canvas, 65 x 82 in. (165.1 x 208.2 cm); Hall Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Koenig & Clinton, New York

Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, remarked, “Nicole Eisenman’s installation of paintings and sculpture in the Carnegie International is wonderfully accomplished. The individual works are compelling and the ways in which she has handled the Hall of Sculpture Balcony’s unusual space are ingenious. She has had, and continues to have, a strong impact on the field, and is well deserving of the Carnegie Prize.”

South African photographer Zanele Muholi received the Fine Prize, created in 2008 to honor an emerging artist in the Carnegie International. The $10,000 award is part of a $5 million gift made by The Fine Foundation in support of the International. Muholi was recognized for her Faces and Phases project, which she began in 2006 to give visibility to the various faces of black LGBTI communities around the world. The 48 portraits on view in the exhibition feature subjects in elegant yet assured postures, and announce a collective front of incredible magnitude.

Zanele Muholi, Gazi T Zuma, Umlazi, Durban, 2010, from the series Faces and Phases, 48 gelatin silver prints, 34 1⁄16 x 23 13⁄16 in. (86.5 x 60.5 cm) each; Presentation supported by The George Foundation © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

“Zanele Muholi’s rich and beautiful portraits portraying members of the LGBTI community in South Africa and around the world are both moving and brave. We are honored to award her the Fine Prize,” added Zelevansky.

Members of the Jury of Award include Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art; Lynne Cooke, co-curator of the 1991 Carnegie International; Mark Francis, co-curator of the 1991 Carnegie International; Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator of the 1999 Carnegie International; Laura Hoptman, curator of the 2004 Carnegie International; Douglas Fogle, curator of Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International; Alice Snyder, Carnegie Museum of Art board member; and Douglas (Woody) Ostrow, Carnegie Museum of Art board member.

The Carnegie International has been presented by Carnegie Museum of Art since 1896 and is North America’s preeminent survey of contemporary art from around the world. The 2013 Carnegie International presents new voices rooted in history, a sense of place, and play. The exhibition is guided by a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional; for art that celebrates dissonance and beauty; and for artworks that stay in touch with the everyday.  Curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, the 2013 Carnegie International is a conversation among four parts: a major exhibition of new international art, a playground, the museum’s collection, and an engagement with the city of Pittsburgh.

Major support for the 2013 Carnegie International has been provided by the A. W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Fund, The Fine Foundation, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and The Henry L. Hillman Fund. Additional major support has been provided by The Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International, which is co-chaired by Jill and Peter Kraus, Sheila and Milton Fine, and Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

The Lozziwurm playground was made possible by a generous gift from Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

Major gifts and grants have also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jill and Peter Kraus, Ritchie Battle, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, Marcia M. Gumberg, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Wendy Mackenzie, George Foundation, Huntington Bank, The Grable Foundation, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Betty and Brack Duker, BNY Mellon, and The Broad Art Foundation, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Carnegie Museum of Art, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895, is nationally and internationally recognized for its collection of fine and decorative art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The collection also contains important holdings of Japanese and old master prints. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the longest-running surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as a living laboratory for exploring the rapidly changing field of photography. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org