Cartier Award 2008
Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto flies the flag of celebrity
For his commission, Cartier Award winner Prieto creates a work that flies the flag of celebrity. A classic red carpet traces a route through the fair that anyone can follow - until it leads out and up to join the top of a very tall flagpole. A gestural act that draws a simple line from the insider world of the art fair to the outside, the work could also be interpreted as an attempt to describe world orders that defy geo-political definition.
Wilfredo Prieto is a conceptual artist based in Barcelona and Havana, whose work often takes the form of site specific installations. His proposal was chosen from over 400 applications submitted by artists from across the world.
The Cartier Award 2008 selection committee was Neville Wakefield (Curator, Frieze Projects), Grazia Quaroni (Curator, Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris), Mia Jankowicz (Residency Curator, Gasworks, London) and Richard Wentworth (artist).
The Cartier Award, for emerging artists living outside the UK, was a major initiative in collaboration with Gasworks and sponsored by Cartier.