Calder Foundation Announces Rachel Harrison as the 2011 Calder Prize Winner

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NEW YORK, NY.- The Calder Foundation and the Scone Foundation are pleased to announce the 2011 Calder Prize Laureate, Rachel Harrison. A work by the artist will be on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection during the opening week of the Venice Biennale. The Calder Prize, in the amount of 50,000 USD, honors contemporary artists who have completed exemplary work early in their careers. In addition to the cash prize, the recipient benefits from a residency at the Atelier Calder and the placement of a signature work in a major public collection. True to the spirit of Alexander Calder, Harrison blurs the lines between abstraction and figuration, as well as sculpture and other media, by negotiating both imagined and existing space. The Prize honors the artist’s hybrid and reference-laden use of photography, found objects, and sculptural elements to elicit highly intellectualized cognitive as well as real-time visceral