New Delhi: Delhi-based artist Mithu Sen
has won the first Skoda Award for Indian contemporary art
beating other shortlisted artists Balasubramaniam Alwar and
Kiran Subbaiah to bag the 1 million cash prize.
Sen, whose work was chosen by a team of five experts,
recieved the award comprising the prize money as well as a
Skoda trophy from noted Indian-origin sculptor Anish Kapoor at
a ceremony here late last evening.
Sen`s work on paper "Black Candy" with the added
tag-line iforgotmypenisathome is a funny commentary of male
sexuality and its psychic anxieties.
The award a collaboration of SkodaAuto India and
Seventy Event Media recognises works of established artists
who are backed by galleries and are below 45 years of age.
"Indian art is doing wonders. ... We hope others too
come forward to encourage the artists," Secretary, Ministry of
Culture, Jawahar Sircar said at the ceremony here.
The jury panel for the award is chaired by one of
Tasneem Mehta, honorary director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad
Museum. Other jury members include Rajshree Pathy, founder of
Contemplate, an arts initiative and Kavita Singh, a well-known
art historian and associate professor of Jawaharlal Nehru
The prize, which organisers say hopes to be a
benchmark for the future and play an important role bringing
to public notice exciting trends in contemporary art,
highlighting the output of established mid-career artists as
well as new voices.
"It gives us great pleasure to associate with a
platform that provides recognition to contemporary Indian
artists that have significantly contributed to the global art
scene" said Thomas Kuehl, Director Sales and Marketing