We are delighted to announce James Hassall as the winner of the abstract critical Writer’s Prize 2013. The prize seeks to discover new writers, with the winner receiving £500 and the opportunity to publish a series of articles on the site. Congratulations James!
In his winning submission, ‘Painting and Reality: Art as Analogy’ Hassell asserts that painting’s role is to create analogues of the structure of the world, and that abstraction can play an important role in picturing the current situation. It can: ‘operate in that space where the sensible exceeds the conceivable: painters once expressed the enormity of skyscrapers within the walls of a gallery, today we are made small by information. The Internet is sublime’. Anna Moszynska, who judged the prize along with Robin Greenwood and Sam Cornish, thought it a ‘well crafted, intelligent and persuasive article’. Runners-up were Ezra Tessler for the ‘observant pithiness’ of his piece on Blinky Palermo’s ‘Grey Disk’; and Nathalie Ferris for her ‘beautifully written’ essay on the art criticism of John Ashbery. Our thanks go to the winners and to all who entered.