On Saturday, November 4th, David Haines was awarded the first edition of the Refresh Irinox Prize for his work presented by Upstream Gallery at the Disegni section of Artissima 2017.
A special honor for David Haines to be the first winner of this new prize, assigned to the artist participating in the new Disegni section, and 'whose work stands out for its ability to reinvent the immediacy of drawing'.
The jury of the Refresh Irinox Prize was headed by: Claire Gilman (curator, The Drawing Center, New York), Katharine Stout (deputy director, ICA, London) and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (curator, Ramo Collection, Milano).
About his work, Claire Gilman noted during the award ceremony: "David's work stands out at speaking to issues at the forefront of drawing today. The way in which he uses the medium to play with representation, both in terms of the hand made and the digital, as well as his deep investment in art historical references, is exemplary within a proliferation of work in this area. His work gives poignant testament to our contemporary condition in which our desire for intimacy and human contact is filtered through the solitude of the screen".
Artissima 2017 takes place 3 - 5 November 2017. This year, the fair introduced a new section dedicated to the most relevant developments in drawing as an undisputed medium for contemporary artistic practice: Disegni. This new section will offer a sophisticated and challenging exhibition platform, curated by two international curators: Luís Silva and João Mourão directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon.
Upstream Gallery is located at Booth 14 of the Disegni section.
Photo: Refresh Irinox Prize award ceremony with the jury; Claire Gilman (curator, The Drawing Center, New York), Katharine Stout (deputy director, ICA, London) and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (curator, Ramo Collection, Milano) and the curators of the Disegni section Luís Silva and João Mourão (directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon).Publication date: 4 Nov '17