Doug Aitken Wins 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

Aitken. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

The Nam June Paik Art Center in Yongin-si, South Korea, has awarded its 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize to Los Angeles video artist Doug Aitken. He will have a one-person show at the Paik Center in 2013 and receive a $50,000 cash prize. E-flux carried the news.

In a statement, the prize’s jury wrote that Mr. Aitken’s “attitude and achievements can be characterized above all by an experimentalism that facilitates an extension of the possibilities of the media.” He was picked as the winner by Ra-Young Hong, deputy director of Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul; Bart de Baere, the director of MuHKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp; and Tae-Hi Kang, professor at the Korea National University of Arts.

Previous recipients of the Paik Prize include artists Seung-Taek Lee, Eun-Me Ahn, Ceal Floyer, and Robert Adrian X. The award was established in 2009 to honor those who “like Paik, have opened up new horizons and had a tremendous impact in the field of art through their relentlessly experimental attitudes and ground breaking works,” according to the center.

Congratulations, Mr. Aitken. To close out this post, please enjoy below a short video of Charlotte Moorman performing Nam June Paik’s TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969) and Chamber Music (1969).


Doug Aitken Wins 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize