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Lucelia Artist Award

2003—Rirkrit Tiravanija

Installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija was selected as the third annual winner of the Lucelia Artist Award. Tiravanija's art focuses on the interactions created by visitors moving in the space and situations he constructs and the social community that is created by these interactions, including eating, sleeping, and cooking. His role as an artist is as a developer of a dialogue, not as a creator of an object. His work has been widely shown in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tiravanija was one of the curators of the 2003 Venice Biennale.

Tiravanija was born in Argentina in 1961 and was raised in Thailand and Ethiopia. He attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Tiravanija divides his time between New York City, Berlin, and Bangkok. Currently he is an associate professor of professional practice of visual arts at Columbia University. Gavin Brown's enterprise in New York City represents Tiravanija in the United States.


Richard Flood, chief curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

Vicki Goldberg, author and critic

Laura Hoptman, curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh

Cindy Sherman, artist

Robert Storr, professor of modern art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Pictured: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (Free), 1992, Installation view at 303 Gallery, New York, Courtesy Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York