The Art Newspaper covers Oscar yi Hou’s UOVO Prize announcement

February 07, 2022

The Brooklyn-based British painter Oscar Yi Hou is the third recipient of the annual UOVO prize, granting him an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000 and a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that is slated to open later this year. The show will be curated by Eugenie Tsai, the museum’s senior curator of contemporary art, and marks the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.

Yi Hou, who was born in Liverpool in 1998 to Cantonese immigrants, received his BA in visual arts from Columbia University. He most recently had a solo exhibition at James Fuentes Gallery in New York in 2021, showing a series of vibrant portraits and self-portraits made primarily during the pandemic lockdown, which combined elements of calligraphy, painting and poetry. His work has also been included in exhibitions organised by Sprüth Magers, Kohn Gallery and the Royal Academy in London, among others.

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The prize also includes a commission for a large-scale public art installation on the façade of the UOVO building in Bushwick, the fine art storage and logistics firm’s fourth location in New York. UOVO has seen significant growth since it was established in 2013—with locations in Florida, California, Delaware and Colorado—and has made various philanthropic contributions. Last month, the company announced the appointment of John Auerbach, previously an e-commerce executive at Sotheby’s auction house, as its chief executive.

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