SKODA Prize sees host of entries from across the country announced on 2012 Top 20 artist list

Skoda Prize is one of the most significant such awards in recognition of Indian contemporary art. Skoda Prize 2012 has shortlisted a total of 20 artists whose works have been selected by a panel of three member panel of judges such as Geeta Kapur – Indian art historian and critic, Anupam Poddar – co founder of Devi Art Fondation, Sheela Gowda – leading artist in India and Mirjam Varadinis – Zurich based art historian and curator.

These top 20 artists will not compete for the third edition of prizes. Out of these 20 selected over half are women artists far outnumbering male artists for the first time while artists competing for this prestigious award are from New Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and Bangalore. These works include prints, paintings, photo collages, drawings, and video installations.

These artists have been selected on the basis of solo shows held across the country during the period of the past year and include names of some established artists and newcomers as well. The Skoda Prize offers opportunity to these artists across India who showcase their art on a common platform. The top 20 artists will be showcasing their works at a top 20 exhibition which will draw a great deal of attention from art lovers while special attention will be paid to contemporary art in India. This exhibition will be curated by Girish Shahne and will be conducted at the India Art Fair in New Delhi in February 2013.

India auto news release: The ŠKODA Prize announces Top 20 artist list for 2012

Announcement of Top-20 artists shortlisted for the 2012 Prize
Top 20 Exhibition showcases the most exciting developments in Indian contemporary art

The ŠKODA Prize, one of the most influential platforms for Indian contemporary art, is delighted to announce its long list of artists for the third edition of the prize. The top-20 artists have been selected by the esteemed jury panel which includes Anupam Poddar, co?founder of the pioneering Devi Art Foundation, and leading Indian artist Sheela Gowda as well as Zurich based art historian, curator and writer Mirjam Varadinis. The jury is being chaired by eminent Indian art historian and critic Geeta Kapur.

This year, the ŠKODA Prize attracted the largest pool of applications to date, artists from across the country applied for the prize. The Top-20 artists selected for the third edition of the ŠKODA Prize include artists from regions /cities including: New Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Baroda, Karnataka and Pune.

The shortlisted artists includes Aaditi Joshi, Adip Dutta, Aditi Avinash Kulkarni, CAMP (Ashok Sukumaran & Shaina Anand), Hema Upadhyay, Jagganath Panda, L N Tallur, Manmeet Devgun, Mariam Suhail, Praneet Soi, Priyanka Choudhary, Rohini Devasher, Sharmila Samant, Shilpa Gupta, Srinivasa Prasad ,T Venkanna, Tushar Joag, Vishal Dar, Yardena Kurulkar and Zakkir Hussain.

L N Tallur has featured on the Top 3 ŠKODA Prize short list and Vishal Dar, Jagannath Panda, Srinivasa Prasad and T Venkanna have featured on the Top 20 in previous years. Roughly half the shortlisted artists are women, outnumbering male artists for the first time. While CAMP is the only collaboration part of the ŠKODA Prize this year.

The top 20 artists have been selected on the basis of solo shows held in India over the past year. Solo shows for the top 20 included shows held in New Delhi / NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. The work reflects the depth and diversity of contemporary art practices in India and includes installations some of which are site specific, prints, paintings, drawings, photo collages, video installations as well as performance art.

“Choosing the Top 20 was correspondingly more difficult this year as a result of which at least half a dozen really good shows could not be accommodated this year. This year’s list is a very good mix of established names and emerging talent.” – Girish Shahane, Director of Art, The ŠKODA Prize

The emerging artists from this year’s top-20 include Rohini Devasher (created video installations for the show ‘Permutation’ at Nature Morte), Mariam Suhail (created installations for the show ‘Breakdown of shorter concerns’ at Gallery SKE. Mariam Suhail is a Pakistani citizen resident in India and qualified under the new rules which allow all those domiciled in India to apply for The ŠKODA Prize), Aaditi Joshi (made an installation for the show ‘New Works’ at Gallery Maskara), Priyanka Choudhary (created an installation for the show ‘Tetanus Midas’ at Gallery Maskara), Yardena Kurulkar (displayed an installation at the show ‘Transience’ at Gallery BMB) and Aditi Avinash Kulkarni (created an installation for the show ‘Alienation of the space’ at Seven Art Ltd.).

The ŠKODA Prize offers an unparalleled opportunity for mid-career artists across India to showcase their work amongst the country’s leading artists, to a discerning art audience both within India and internationally. The top-20 artists will showcase their artworks at the hugely successful top 20 exhibition, which receives thousands of visitors every year, showcases the most exciting trends in contemporary art practices in India and is representative of a diverse spectrum of established and emerging artists from across the country. The top 20 exhibition which is curated by Girish Shahane will open alongside the India Art Fair in New Delhi in February 2013. The top 20 long listed artists will also get an opportunity to be represented in the annual ŠKODA Prize book.

About the ŠKODA Prize

The ŠKODA Prize recognizes cutting?edge work demonstrating vision, innovation and a mature understanding of material and form. Nominees need to be below the age of 45 and should have had a solo show in the country over the last 12 months; The winner takes away the prestigious ‘The ŠKODA Prize Winner’ title and also receives prize money of INR 10,00,000. Past Škoda Prize winners include Mithu Sen and Navin Thomas. The prize has been presented by well known names in the international art scene such as artists Marc Quinn and Anish Kapoor. The jury members of The ŠKODA Prize in the past have included collector Mrs. Kiran Nadar, Mrs. Tasneem Mehta, (Managing Trustee and Honorary Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum), artist Vivan Sundaram, Pooja Sood, (Director of Khoj), Heike Munder (Director of the Migros Museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich) who was also one the jury members for the 2012 Turner Prize.