Each year, one French artist is awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp. It does not garner quite the media buzz as the Turner Prize does, but the nominees do get a chance to exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art of Lille for two months, and the winner will have his or her own exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou as well as €35,000 in the bank. This year’s nominees include four impressive artists from very different backgrounds.
Damien Cabanes, a figurative painter and sculptor born in 1959, is arguably the most traditional artist in the group.
Mircea Canto, born in 1977, is a well-known installation artist represented by galleries in Paris, Tel-Aviv, and Rome.
La Trappe, 2008
Guillame Leblon, born 1971, is another installation artist who works in a variety of media.
Samuel Rousseau, born 1971, is an installation and video artist who works with everything from oil and acrylic paints to taxidermied animal.