GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 1,400 entries in ArtPrize Eight have been narrowed down to 39 finalists for the $200,000 public vote and juried grand prizes. This week, a panel of art critics is scrutinizing each of those pieces.
In round two Tuesday, experts focused on the public and juried favorites in the three-dimensional and time-based categories during “Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists?”
“From a bird’s-eye perspective, it’s oddly lovely. You see this glint in color, so there’s something quite wonderful about it,” one expert said.
“To be able to do that by a performance that’s… and turning it into something beautiful, and it becomes beautiful to watch,” another added.
The panel of critics included Alice Gray Stites, chief curator at 21c Museum Hotels; Neil Barclay, director of Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans; and New York art critic Gregory Volk.
Monday, a separate panel of critics tackled the top picks in the two-dimensional and installation categories.
The winners of the world’s largest art competition will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards show, Friday Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and woodtv.com. ArtPrize will host a community watch party for the finale at Rosa Parks Circle, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
ArtPrize Eight ends Oct. 9.