David Nolan Gallery is pleased to report that Sandra Vásquez de la Horra has been nominated for the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation Drawing Prize. The prize is awarded each year to an artist who has recently gained recognition in the art market and by institutions, and for whom drawing constitutes a central role. Vásquez de la Horra has been nominated alongside artists Frédérique Loutz and Jorge Queiroz.
The winner of the prize will be announced during the opening day of Artparis at the Grand Palais on March 18, 2009. David Nolan Gallery is also pleased to announce that they will show 30 new drawings by Vásquez de la Horra, in their debut at Artparis this year.
Vásquez de la Horra is at a turning point in her career, having just celebrated her first solo show in New York at David Nolan Gallery's new Chelsea location. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Welt am Sonntag, NRZ, Time Out London, and Coolibri. Critics have compared her work to that of Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, and Edvard Munch, for its shared portrayal of how social realities and dreams express each other.
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra was born in Chile in 1967. She graduated from the University for Design in Viña del Mar, Chile in 1994, and completed post-graduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne in 2003. She now lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she attended the famous Kunstakademie from 1995 to 2002.
About the Prize
A commission composed of Daniel and Florence Guerlain, Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Curator of the Drawing Department at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Jonas Storsve, Curator in the Department of Graphic Art of the Musée national d'art moderne, and Carel Van Tuyll, Director of the Department of Graphic Arts at the Musée du Louvre, and selected private collectors nominated the three candidates. A panel of eight active contemporary collectors will interview each artist and review their portfolios before electing the winner, who will receive 15,000 euros; the runners up will receive 2,500 euros.