The 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award was given to Bernar Venet at 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in New York City. The Lifetime Achievement Award Gala brings together artists, art patrons, and professionals to celebrate major sculptor’s career.
After major artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Sir Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Bernar Venet and Kiki Smith are the winners of this 2016 edition.
Bernar Venet is the first French artist to receive this award.
The International Sculpture Center’s Board of Trustees established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of work, as well as to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole.
Image: Bernar Venet at the Venet foundation, France © François Baille