This just in from the Brooklyn Museum GO team: “After approximately 147,000 studio visits to 1,708 artists, and then 9,457 nominations, we have our top ten nominated artists. We are pleased to have such a mix of artists represented in this group, including painters, illustrators, sculptors, and installation artists. Painting clearly ruled with seven of the ten artists being self-identified painters. At the same time, we note the absence of design, fashion, and textile arts, and also that photography, video, and performance are represented only in Nourry’s work.”
In alphabetical order:
Aleksander Betko, Cobble Hill, painting and drawing
Jonathan Blum, Park Slope, painting and printmaking
Adrian Coleman, Fort Greene, painting
Oliver Jeffers, Boerum Hill, painting, illustration, and drawing
Kerry Law, Greenpoint, painting
Prune Nourry, Boerum Hill, photography, video/film/sound, and sculpture
Eric Pesso, Ditmas Park, sculpture
Naomi Safran-Hon, Prospect Heights, painting
Gabrielle Watson, Crown Heights, painting
Yeon Ji Yoo, Red Hook, mixed media sculpture
Predictably, most of the artists nominated by the general public during this weekend-long event are painters, with a particular emphasis on representational imagery and illustrative detail rather than painterly brio. Congratulations to all the artists selected, who must now prepare for a studio visit with the team from the Brooklyn Museum. The team will then organize a show that may or may not include all the nominated artists. “We are committed to creating the best exhibition possible within these parameters,” the curators report, “and that will mean making some tough choices.” Indeed.
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