Akinsanya Kambon Receives $100,000 Mohn Award, Made in L.A. Biennial’s Top Prize Honors Artistic Excellence

AKINSANYA KAMBON, Installation view of Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Oct. 1-Dec.31, 2023. | Photo by Charles White   THE CERAMIC WORKS OF Akinsanya Kambon (b. 1946) have patinaed surfaces with a striking iridescent luster. Inspired by Black narratives and his pan-African beliefs, the figurative sculptures, vessels, and wall reliefs have garnered great interest over the past few years. Currently, they are featured in Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Every two years, the museum showcases works by emerging and under-recognized artists based in the greater Los Angeles area. Kambon is among 38 participants invited to present work in the current edition of the biennial, which is on view through Dec. 31. He is showing 10 clay works made between circa 2015 and 2022, and they have been so well received, he won the biennial’s top prize. Kambon is the recipient of the $100,000 Mohn Award honoring artistic excellence. The news was announced Dec. 7. In addition to the monetary award, the museum will publish a monograph dedicated to the artist’s work. A three-member jury selected Kambon: Essence Harden, visual arts curator and program manager at […]

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