Growing Recognition for New Talent

Growing Recognition for New Talent

If winning awards is any gauge of when an “emerging artist” has actually emerged, Philadelphia-based filmmaker, painter and sculptor Ryan Trecartin 04 FAV is definitely there. In 2009 alone, at age 28, he won a series of significant awards: a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, which carries a $60,000 cash award; the New Artist of the Year Award presented by the Guggenheim Museum; and the first ever Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts, which comes with a $150,000 cash prize—the world’s largest given to a visual artist in a juried competition.

Best known for his semi-psychedelic video work, Trecartin has attracted wide attention in the five years since he graduated. His work has been shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Getty in Los Angeles, Saatchi Gallery in London and the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim acquired his videos for its permanent collection and is showing his feature-length I-Be Area (2007) at the Guggenheim Bilbao. He also has a solo show in 2010 at The Power Plant in Toronto.

The Wolgin Competition jury selected Trecartin from a pool of 20 nominees and three finalists. His videos were applauded for “the combination of assaultive, nearly impenetrable avant-garde logics and equally outlandish, virtuoso uses of color, form, drama and montage, [which produce] a sublime, stream-of-consciousness effect that feels bewilderingly true to life.”

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