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Hugo Boss Prize Finalists Announced (Haiku Special!)

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced its list of six finalists for the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize, awarded every other year to an artist who has made an important contribution to contemporary art (past winners include Matthew Barney, Pierre Huyghe, and Tacita Dean). This year’s prize has been increased to $100,000, double the usual $50,000 award. Sure, Carol Vogel rounds up the nominees over at The New York Times, but we’d rather tell you about them with the help of that much underused expository device: haiku!

Christoph Buchel
Huge installations
Not welcome in North Adams
Depositions? Art

Patty Chang (that’s her pictured above, in a 1999 work)
Shangri-La tourist
Paradise is relative
Funhouse mirror smoke

Sam Durant
Us them us them us
Monuments and massacres
Protest! What’s the use?

Emily Jacir
Access and allies
Division breeds dispersal
Made in Palestine

Joachim Koester
North Pole sans Santa
Culture comes before nature
Stuff of legends

Roman Signer
A Swiss timestopper
Paging Cartier-Bresson
Teaches in whispers

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