Eyes on the Prize

Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Annie Leibovitz, Plano, Illinois, 2011, © Annie Leibovitz; and the Wexner Prize sculpture by Jim Dine.

You may have heard about our Annie Leibovitz exhibition, opening in just a few days. Now, we’re thrilled to announce that Annie Leibovitz herself—whose work will be on view this fall in all Wexner Center galleries—will receive the 14th Wexner Prize, joining such past prize recipients as Martin Scorsese, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Bill T. Jones, Peter Brook, and Spike Lee. (In fact, she has photographed many of our prize recipients; portraits and “outtakes” from some of these sessions can be seen push-pinned up on the Leibovitz artist’s wall, on view right now and throughout the fall in our café.) The prize, which includes $50,000 and an engraved silver sculpture by Ohio-born artist Jim Dine, recognizes living artists working in any medium or discipline whose achievements reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence. Notes Leslie H. Wexner on Leibovitz: “Artistic, adventurous, curious, and deeply committed to creative experimentation, Annie Leibovitz embodies the very ideals of the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Prize.” Leibovitz will accept the Prize at the Wexner Center November 10; stay tuned for details on a public talk that weekend as well.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)