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October 28, 2020 Wednesday 03:34:44 PM IST

Princeton Professor wins Hugo Boss Prize

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Deana Lawson, professor of visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and renowned photographer, has been awarded the Hugo Boss Prize. “Lawson is the first artist working in photography to be recognized with the award in its history,” Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation said in a statement, “and her contribution to the medium and the larger cultural landscape is indelible.”

Sponsored by Hugo Boss and presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the prize has been awarded biannually since 1996. In addition to a $100,000 award, the winner also gets a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The prize is considered among the most prestigious awards within the contemporary art world.

Lawson began teaching at Princeton in 2012. Her work negotiates knowledge of self hood through a corporeal dimension. Her photographs speak to the ways that sexuality, violence, family, and social status may be written, sometimes literally, on the body.

(Content and Image Courtesy: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/10/22/princeton-professor-visual-arts-deana-lawson-wins-hugo-boss-prize-first)