Anselm Kiefer

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1990

The Prize Committee has decided that the Wolf Prize in the Arts (Painting) for 1990 be awarded to:

 

Anselm Kiefer
Buchen, Germany

 

“for his epic and physically compelling paintings, in which he creates a continuum, linking current life with history and mythology.”

 

Anselm Kiefer has created an art that synthesizes human history and the present condition of life in epic canvases that inspire gravity and awe. For him, almost alone in this century, art is an endeavor of enormous ambition and symbolic importance.

 

Kiefer first came to prominence in the 1970’s with subjects that dealt derisively with his German heritage, and most particularly with the Nazi period. Not only was this history mocked, the artist unselfconsciously examined the degree to which he was an heir of its character. Gradually he added to his narrative the victims of this ghastly past, as epitomized by the personage called Shulamit in poem by Paul Celan.

 

In 1980, Kiefer’s work took a dramatic turn through his increasing use of diverse materials added to the surfaces of the canvases. Sand, straw, photographs, and lead produced a rich physical reality which enhanced the expressiveness of the imagery. As the 1980´s evolved, Kiefer began to transform his earlier subjects, as if to suggest the possibility of a new, though not necessarily brave, world. His art is as much about metamorphosis as it is a haunting commentary on false dreams. It is both accusative and elegiac. It addresses such universal themes as the power of myth in hi story and its persistence in modern life.

 

The best of Kiefer’s paintings are epic elegies to the human condition, which pulsate with profoundly felt emotions, complex thematic subtlety, and extraordinary surface excitement.

 

Kiefer’s paintings often touch raw nerves and have the potential to elicit emotional responses. By the provocative nature of his work, it is evident that Kiefer accepts and embraces the notion of the modern artist who stands outside society, taunting it, its history, norms, taboos, myths, and ideas about art and craft. Though hardly untouched by his period´s ironical outlook and experimental practices, he signals a dramatic break with prevailing, 2Oth century notions that art exists for its own sake alone; instead, he proposes that art might speak to the general concerns of humanity.

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Cindy Sherman

Wolf Prize Laureate in Art 2020

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Lawrence Weiner

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2017

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Laurie Anderson

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2017

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Olafur Eliasson

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2014

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Rosemarie Trockel

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2011

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2006/7

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Louise Bourgeois

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2002/3

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

James Turrell

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1998

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Gerhard Richter

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1994/5

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Bruce Nauman

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1993

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Anselm Kiefer

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1990

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Claes T. Oldenburg

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1989

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Jasper Johns

Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 1986

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Eduardo Chillida

Wolf Prize Laureate in Art 1984/5

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.

Marc Chagall

Wolf Prize Laureate in Art 1981

The Arts Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Arts (Sculpture) for 1984/5, be granted to:

Eduardo Chillida
San Sebastian, Spain

His fruitful imagination, expressing a practical beauty of forms in his sculpture, appears in a contemporary guise, combining tradition and innovation.

Eduardo Chillida is one of the major sculptors of our times, with highly distinguished accomplishments in the three-dimension medium to his credit.

Chillida’s’ solid iron sculptures, as well as his alabaster blocks, are deeply rooted in the modern sculptural traditions and, at the same time, reached out experimentally toward new and as yet untested technical as well as aesthetic dimensions.

While enjoyable within a context of contemporary aesthetics, Chillida’s work has also radical and demanding dimensions, expressed through its weight and its assertiveness. His bold outdoor sculpture is at once part of nature and a challenge to it.

His debt to the past as well as his uncompromising contemporary posture marked him as an extraordinarily deserving, indeed a most admirable contemporary creator.