(Image: Mircea Cantor’s Fishing Fly, 2011)

Romanian-born and Paris-based artist Mircea Cantor has been awarded this year’s Marcel Duchamp’s Prize, joining thus the ranks of Thomas Hirschhorn (2001), Tatiana Trouvé (2007), Laurent Grasso (2008) or last year’s winner Cyprien Gaillard.

Since his departure from Romania in 1999, Cantor has managed to achieve international recognition with projects such as ‘Deeparture‘ – a video showing an unsettling meeting of a deer and a wolf in a white gallery space and creating quite a commotion at the Berlin Biennial in 2006. An interview with the artist is available in an older edition of the Frieze magazine. Mircea Cantor is represented by Yvon Lambert gallery.

(Marchel Duchamp Prize is awarded yearly to an artist residing in France and considered a pioneer of contemporary art. The winning artist is consequently given the opportunity of a solo show @ Centre Pompidou.)