Early autumn is the start of the art season. Artes Mundi, the Wales International Exhibition and Prize, this year curiously opened its show on Oct. 6 [through Jan. 13], after the Turner Prize's and before Frieze, a scheduling strategy that makes comparisons to the Turner difficult to avoid.
The Cardiff art crowd and a small representation of the international art world gathered at the National Museum Cardiff on Thursday evening to launch Artes Mundi 5. The show's 2012 outing marked both the 10-year anniversary of the organization and the first edition under the new directorship of Ben Borthwick, formerly of the Tate. Artes Mundi prize, whose $52,000 cash prize makes it the most generous contemporary art prize in the UK. The Turner Prize offers $32,000 to its winner.
Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid
48 x 30 ¼ in.