Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2008 Foster Prize exhibit at ICA

From my review of the ICA’s 2008 Foster Prize exhibit, featuring Catherine (Kanarinka) D’Ignazio of Waltham, Rania Matar of Brookline, Joe Zane of Cambridge and Bostonian Andrew Witkin:
On November 12, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its biennial Foster Prize exhibit of "Boston-area artists of exceptional promise." The game show works like this: four finalists present their work in the museum and we wait till early 2009 for the institution to announce the $25,000 winner. (The three others get $1500 consolation prizes.) So for those of you playing along at home, let's meet the contestants...
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Who will win the Foster Prize? The ICA plans to announce the winner on Jan. 21. I suspect visitors will be most attracted to Matar's photos. But my guess is that the jury will pick Witkin. His work, which has an air of correcting the world via awesomely tasteful home decoration, rubs me wrong. But you can't deny the force of his vision.

“The 2008 Foster Prize,” Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, Nov. 12, 2008, to March 1, 2009.

ICA breaks Zane sculpture.

Pictured from top to bottom: Andrew Witkin’s untitled installation; Rania Matar’s photos “Rocket Hole” and “Defiant”; Catherine D’Ignazio’s looping video projection “Exit Strategy”; Joe Zane’s installation and sculpture “Schadenfreude”; and more of Andrew Witkin’s untitled installation. Installation photos by John Kennard.


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