2014’s Prize-Winning Artists
Image rights: Photograph by Simon Vogel
Collection of the artist; courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Zoe Leonard’s work includes sculpture and installation, much of it politically driven, but she is primarily a photographer who discards technical questions in favor of a more experiential approach to images and media. “For me photography is intrinsically about observation,” Leonard has said. “It's about being present in and having a certain perspective on, the world around me. It's not so much about creating, or my imagination—as drawing, for instance, may be. It's more about responding.” She is also concerned with how something materializes as an image, such that its materiality and framing are as important as its content. Leonard received the Whitney's Bucksbaum Award in 2014.
American, b. 1961, Liberty, New York, based in New York, New York