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YOKOHAMA, Japan (June 19, 2017) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has named the finalists for the Nissan Art Award 2017.
The five emerging contemporary Japanese artists were among 25 candidates who were nominated for the first selection round in New York in May, with Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in attendance. They will create new artwork for an exhibition taking place from Sept. 16 to Nov. 5, 2017, at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama. Nissan will announce the Grand Prix winner on Sept. 27.
The winner of the Nissan Art Award 2017 will receive the opportunity to participate in an artist residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. This renowned residency program combines the use of a studio facility with regular visits from curators, critics and gallerists, allowing artists to present their work directly to influential figures in the art world.
“I continue to be amazed by the talent and diversity expressed by emerging Japanese artists, as reflected in the nominations for the Nissan Art Award selection process,” Ghosn said. “I look forward to seeing the finalists’ new creations on display this fall.”
Jean de Loisy, a member of the international jury, said, “The selection process was a discovery of what is happening on the creation scene in Japan. The inner world of the artists varies from being sometimes combative, to politic, purely poetic or narrative. I hope this diversity would give us a feeling of what is not only the newest but also the deepest of the new expressions of Japan nowadays.”
Jessica Morgan, another member of the international jury, said, "The great thing about visual artists is also that they are very unpredictable. So we have no idea what direction they will choose to go. I’m very intrigued to see what these artists will produce.”
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