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tribute to the awkwardness and limitations of play. Featuring s c u l p t u r e s t h a t r e s e m b l e children's assembly-building toys, Baghramian's works look as though they would fit together, but they do not. The "toys" themselves are misfits, as are those who — within the confines of their educational and social constructs — fail to meet expectations. Baghramian argues that we should handle the dysfunctional with appreciation, not frustration. The Nasher's choice of Baghramian continues the museum's mission to encourage thoughtful dialogue around contemporary sculpture on a global scale. Previous Nasher Prize winners have reflected that vision, while being mindful of diversity, and often highlighting laureates known for engagement with issues, ideas, and activism. The roll call to date: Michael Rakowitz (2020-2021), Isa Genzken (2019), Theaster Gates (2018), Pierre Huyghe (2017), and Doris Salcedo (2016). The 2022 Nasher Prize jury was comprised of a celebrated list of professionals in the world of art and architecture including curators, an arts-council chair, an architect, museum and artistic directors, a professor, and an artist hailing from London, Tokyo, Rome, and beyond. Given the constraints of 2021, the group deliberated virtually in June and was drawn to Baghramian's humanization of the largely mechanical process of sculpture. Baghramian will be honored during an award ceremony at Christine Starkman From top: Nairy Baghramian's Work desk for an Ambassador's Wife, Marian Goodman Gallery NY, 2019. Nairy Baghramian's Klassentreffen/Class Reunion, 2008. Photo by Wolfgang Günzel. Nasher Sculpture Center on Saturday, April 2, 2022. The 2022 Nasher Prize is co-chaired by Nancy Carlson and Adriana Pareles. 36

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