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Cathy Wilkes Wins the Maria Lassnig Prize For 2017

THE Maria Lassnig Foundation in Vienna announces the Scottish artist, Cathy Wilkes as the first winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize for 2017. The inaugural award is named after Maria Lassnig, the Austrian portrait painter renowned for her pioneering theory on body awareness. As Lassnig received recognition only later in life, the Foundation’s inaugural art prize is awarded specifically for the achievements of mid-career artists.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerMaria Lassnig, Der Tod und das Madchen Der letzte Tango, 1999, Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation

Cathy Wilkes is an installation artist and painter whose subject matter concerns everyday life and human experience such as motherhood, gender roles and sexuality. These assemblages recall the imagined lives of people connected with the Possil Pottery, a nineteenth century Glaswegian company that produced stoneware goods such as bottles for Tennents brewers. Poised between their time-worn household relics, the artists’ scantily clad folk cower under their tattered rags. Like treasured samplers, Wilkes’s evocative scenarios expose her frayed emotions woven falteringly within another time.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

Wilkes represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. Since presenting at a survey exhibition at the Tate Liverpool in 2015, Wilkes has exhibited at several solo shows in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Munich. Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 chief curator explains, “Wilkes’ art enacts an exercise in empathy, exposing deeply felt subjective experiences to reach beyond herself while also insisting upon the fundamentally private nature of art making.”

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015.Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

As winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize, she receives 50,000 euros and the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition at the prestigious contemporary art institution, MoMA PS1 in New York. Members of this year’s inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize selection committee included Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Chief Curator and Peter Pakesch, Chairman of the Foundation. Other members included the curators Matthias Mühling and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art and Sheikha Hoor Al-Quasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and New York-based artist, Zoe Leonard.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front Page image: Maria Lassnig, June 1983, Photograph Courtesy of Kurt-Michael Westermann, Maria Lassnig Foundation

Begg & Co collaborates with cancer charity on exclusive scarf range

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Model wearing Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Circles Scarf

Begg & Co, the luxury Scottish scarf brand, and the pioneering cancer charity Maggies have joined together to create an exclusive range to support the charitys groundbreaking work in the field of patient support and recovery.

blue scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Check Scarf

Maggie’s is a cancer charity that takes a unique approach to their work – their 18 architecturally distinctive centres have been designed to create comforting environments that simultaneously hearten, aid and inspire recovery and reinforcing well-being.

Begg & Co cashmere scarf for Maggie's cancer charity Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Borders Scarf

 The scarves are a result of Begg & Co designers joining forces with Maggies team and reflect the charity centres unique architectural features. All profits from the collaboration will aid Maggies far – reaching effort to support cancer sufferers and their familys in their day to day struggle.

This generous contribution will enable the charity in their ambitious path to reach out to maximum number of patients and their nearest and dearest across UK, abroad and online. The charitable collaboration came to life thanks to Kirsty Wark, journalist and broadcaster and Maggie’s Honorary Patron, who introduced the manufacturer to the charity.

labirynth scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Labyrinth

The designs include elaborate forms placed on plain backgrounds – a black and blue piece inspired by garden at Maggie’s Dundee and Chartres Cathedral in France and featuring a labyrinth that carries a metaphor of life and yellow and a blue and white scarf with oval patterns that was prompted by Maggie’s Aberdeen skylight. There are also simpler propositions – a white scarf with four coloured edge that reflect the straightforward, linear architecture of all Maggie’s Centres and a checked scarf that dwells into the visual heritage of both brands.

by Magda Pirowska

The scarves are being made in Begg & Cos unique Wispy quality and are 100 percent cashmere. They are available to purchase from Begg & Co’s website, at Fenwick department stores in Bond Street, London & Newcastle and in Jane Davidsons store in Edinburgh,  all priced at around £265.00.