Barthélémy Toguo 08.9.2023 - 11.9.2023 Barthélémy Toguo: Winner Pommery Prize 2023 Presentation "Urban Requiem" (2015) by Barthélémy Toguo at The Armory Show in New York

We are pleased to announce that @TheArmoryShow's annual Pommery Prize, supported by Pommery Champagne, was awarded to Barthélémy Toguo for his presentation of Urban Requiem (2015). ⁠

Now in its fourth year, the Pommery Prize recognizes an outstanding presentation of large-scale artwork from the Platform section at The Armory Show. The jury for the prize included Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Collector; Gannit Ankori, Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum; and Mme. Vranken, co-owner and head of the marketing division of Vranken-Pommery Monopole.⁠

The installation is comprised of a series of ladders holding life-size portrait busts sculpted from Iroko wood. The floor beneath these structures is covered by images of boxes used to ship bananas, an element that recurs across a selection of Toguo's installations. The busts function as stamps, with the recognizable calls to action of recent protest movements, from #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter, carved into their bases. Oversized in comparison to a traditional stamp, these functional sculptures require significant effort to utilize, parodying administrative gestures.⁠

Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris & New York

Installation view: BarthélémyToguo, Urban Requiem (2015) at The Armory Show, 2023. Photo by Jon Cancro / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris & New York.

Barthélémy Toguo: Winner Pommery Prize 2023