On the 13th of December 2011, it was announced that Cindy Sherman would receive the 2012 Roswitha Haftmann Prize worth CHF 150,000. Cindy Sherman is the twelfth artist to receive Europe’s most valuable art prize and the fourth woman to do so.
The prize, an initiative of Roswitha Haftmann (1924-1998), has been awarded since 2001 to a living artist who has created an outstanding body of work. The winner is chosen by the Foundation Board, which includes the directors of the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Kunsthaus Zürich as well as other members.
In the opinion of the jury, after Andy Warhol, Sherman, is the leading artist of filmic and photographic self-exploration and it is in recognition of these artistic achievements that she is being awarded the prize.
One of the leading exponents of staged photography, Sherman’s talent lies in her ability to attract and repel the viewer with works that are both unsettling and fascinating. Although she uses mostly herself as her model, her work is anything but self-referential. It is not intended to be viewed as self-portraits. Rather, as alternating roles, it transcends the boundaries of the exhibitionistic.
The award will be presented on the 10th May 2012 at the Kunsthaus Zürich.
For further information, visit roswithahaftmann-foundation.