Why These Finalists: 3-D and time-based

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?”

The critics had their first chance to comment on the entry up for the largest amount of cash; Sweepers Clock is the only piece that made both the Juror’s Shortlist and the public’s Final 20.

“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.

>>ArtPrize Eight on woodtv.com: Jurors’ Shortlist | Final 20

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.

>>App users: Watch Monday’s edition of “Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists?” here.

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.


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