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Posted at 4:29 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Smithsonian names Pierre Huyghe 2010 Contemporary Artist

By Staff reports
Pierre Huyghe. (Hendrik Speck)

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today in a release that Pierre Huyghe is the 2010 winner of the museum's contemporary artist award.

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.

"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 in the Smithsonian release. "Huyghe's pioneering use of appropriated imagery and filmic reenactment reveal the power of mass media to shape our memory of personal and historical events."

Huyghe uses diverse media to explore the boundary between fiction and reality in society. An innovator in multichannel video installation, Huyghe's projects often involve elaborately staged public performances that encourage audience participation. In these projects Huyghe weaves a vast array of cultural practices--architecture, film, theater, puppetry, music and literature--to create a multilayered experience.

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By Staff reports  | December 15, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
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"Creative innovation"? Yes. "Art"? No. Not by any objective definition of the term, that is. Nor by any measure of common sense, because it makes no sense on its own terms.

Louis Torres, Aristos (An Online Review of the Arts), Co-Author, 'What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand' -

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