This work’s triangular nose, shaped head, and slight indentation to convey eyes are clues that this standing figure represents an early moment in the stylistic development of the Chontal tradition. It was fashioned out of green mottled stone by an unknown artist using carving and pecking methods.
This Chontal figure, like many similar objects in the Mezcala-Chontal tradition, was likely recycled from an earlier stone celt, or hand axe. Such objects were deeply revered because they were seen to possess the power of every human or animal that would be slain with them.
Private Collection, Arizona;
[Ron Messick Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM];
Nari Ward receives the Vilcek Prize in Fine Arts for a body of found-object assemblage artwork that invites both a public discourse and an intimate dialogue with viewers on topics such as race, poverty, immigration, and the Caribbean diaspora identity.
Meleko Mokgosi receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts for paintings that rely on intensive research, reflection, and conversation in order to address widespread misrepresentation of Africa and Africans, and to accurately portray the continent’s complex social and political realities.
Iman Issa receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts for exploring, through works of various media, difficult philosophical questions, such as the individual’s relationship to places, figures, and events that are collectively familiar, or the difference between experience and recognition.
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