The first Artes Munde Prize, founded to establish Wales as a leader in supporting contemporary art and worth approximately $75,000, has been awarded to New York artist Xu Bing for an installation made with dust from the September 11 terrorist attack. In the dust was written the Chinese text: “As there is nothing from the first, where does the dust collect itself?” Xu Bing was selected from a “short list” that included Janine Antoni, Lee Bul, Tim Davies, Jacqueline Fraser, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Michal Rovner, Berni Searle, Fiona Tan, and Kara Walker.

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, March 30th, 2004]


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