Pierre Huyghe is the 2010 Winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that Pierre Huyghe is the 2010 winner of the museum’s contemporary artist award. Huyghe was selected by an independent panel of jurors for his “pioneering vision and tireless ambition to make art that defies expectations and extends conventional practices into new territory.” Huyghe is the ninth winner of the $25,000 award, which recognizes an artist younger than 50 who has produced a significant body of work and consistently demonstrates exceptional creativity. It is intended to encourage the artist’s future development and experimentation. “Pierre Huyghe represents the commitment to creative innovation that this award seeks to recognize,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Huyghe’s pioneering use of appropriated imagery and filmic reenactment reveal th