The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation has awarded its Hugo Boss Prize 2020 to Deana Lawson. She is also the first-ever photographer to take the prestigious award. Selected by a jury of international critics and curators, Lawson receives an honorarium of $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, opening in spring 2021.
Deana Lawson is an American artist, educator and photographer, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work revolves primarily around issues of intimacy, family, spirituality, sexuality, and Black aesthetics.
“Lawson is the first artist working in photography to be recognized with the award in its history, and her contribution to the medium and the larger cultural landscape is indelible,” says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.
The Hugo Boss Prize was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. Lawson is the 13th artist to receive the biennial prize.