Friday, November 20, 2009

David Cole wins Rappaport Prize

Providence sculptor David Cole has won this year’s $25,000 Rappaport Prize, a collaborative initiative of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation of Boston and DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The prize aims to “recognize the achievement and potential of an artist who has already demonstrated significant creativity and vision” and “encourage the artist to continue in a career of art making.”

“We are thrilled to award this year’s Rappaport Prize, and particularly this tenth prize, to an artist of such high caliber, ambition, and creativity,” DeCordova Director Dennis Kois said in a prepared statement. “The way Dave so fluidly crosses boundaries of medium, style, and subject in his work puts him at the forefront of art-making in a time of changing cultural, personal, and media landscapes.”

Our review of Dave Cole’s 2008 show at Boston’s Rotenberg Gallery, which won a critics’ award for sculpture in the 2008 Boston Art Awards organized by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.
Our thoughts of Cole’s work in 2006.

Pictured: Dave Cole's "Knitting Machine" at MassMoCA in 2005.


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