Carnegie Art Award 2012 marks its tenth anniversary at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. Works by seventeen Nordic artists are exhibited but it is Finnish first prize winner Heikki Marila who is on his way to becoming the darling of both jury and public.
Carnegie Art Award is one of the largest art prizes in the world. The selected few and their works represent a cross-section of the current Nordic art scene. All works are from the last two years and present a wide range of materials and expressions. This year, a new, more stringent selection process includes more works by fewer artists, and painting dominates. The seventeen Nordic artists have been selected in keen competition amongst 127 nominees. On the six-person jury there are among others Tuula Arkio, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs and Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Helsinki, and Isabel Carlos, director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Flemish still-life painting, weeds from central Reykjavik, and the light night of the summer solstice are only a few examples of the varying starting points that form the foundation of this fantastic collection of works that is the tenth Carnegie Art Award.