Judging solely by his exhibition record, Mexico City–based artist Abraham Cruzvillegas is enjoying one great year, having been selected for both the current Documenta and the upcoming Gwangju Biennale in Korea, which opens next month. Now word comes from The Korea Herald that he has won Korea’s 2012 Yanghyun Prize, which awards 100 million Korean won (about $88,000 at today’s exchange rate) to one international contemporary artist each year. It also facilitates a museum exhibition at “a world renowned museum of their choice” within three years of receiving the award. Previous Yanghyun winners include Korean artist Jewyo Rhii (2010) and German sculptor Isa Genzken (2009).
The award was established in honor of Cho Soo-ho, the late chairman of Hanjin Shipping, which is a frequent supporter of many exhibitions at major museums, like the wonderful “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language” show that ends its run at MoMA today.
Congratulations, Mr. Cruzvillegas.