Saturday, February 11, 2017

Art star Anish Kapoor wins $1m Jewish prize

Anish Kapoor whose huge works of public art are landmarks in cities from London to Chicago, was born in Bombay, now Mumbai, in India in 1954 to a Hindu father and a Jewish mother (AFP Photo/JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK)
UNITED KINGDOM---Sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor was named on Monday as this year's winner of the million-dollar Genesis Prize, awarded for commitment to Israel and Judaism, organisers said. British-Indian Kapoor "is one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation", they said in a statement. He won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1991 and was knighted in 2013. "Kapoor will use this award, and the global platform provided by the Genesis Prize, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in order to engage the Jewish community in a global effort to help alleviate the refugee crisis," it said. The award is granted by the Israeli government, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency and the Genesis Prize Foundation. [link]