Jan Svenungsson

"Carnegie Art Award"

CARNEGIE ART AWARD, is a yearly held competition and travelling exhibition for Nordic painting. Each year a group of art world insiders are asked to nominate a few artists each, who do work in the field of painting. These nominees are invited to send in slides of new work. A jury ( chaired by Tate Modern's director Lars Nittve) invites about twenty of these artists for the exhibition, and in front of the originals the jury choose three prize-winners and one grantee. The exhibition then goes on tour.
In 2000, JS was nominated for the first time, and made it into the final round and the exhibition with the paintings TEST 112, TEST 113, TEST 114, TEST 115. These paintings were the first new TEST paintings since 1996, and they announced the continuation of this series. (painting is not dead... it just has to rest sometimes). TEST 116 - TEST 123 were then shown at Gallery Flach in spring 2001.

The Carnegie Art Award exhibition was shown at the following places:

Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki, Oct. 13 - Oct. 29, 2000
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Nov. 10 - Dec. 3, 2000
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden, Dec. 9, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2000
Sophienholm, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Jan. 26 - Febr. 14, 2001
Konstakademien, Stockholm, Febr. 23 - March 18, 2001
Listasafn Kopavogs, Reykjavik, April 7 - May 6, 2001