Champagne Pommery and the art world have had a long, intertwining history, as evidenced by the winery’s own Experiences Pommery, which features underground contemporary art exhibitions. As a long-time sponsor of The Armory Show, this year, the famous champagne brand upped its participation by awarding one winner of the inaugural Pommery Prize!
Winner Ryan Gander, received $20,000 cash and will have his installation shipped to Reims, France to be displayed at the domaine. The jury, comprised of Champagne Pommery owner Nathalie Vranken, founder of SAM Art Projects Sandra Hegedüs, and Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne Marie Griffay, had to select a winner among nine artists in this year’s edition of Platform, curated by Sally Tallant, the Executive Director of the Queens Museum.
Gander’s installation, Het Spel (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism), 2019, presented by Lisson Gallery, is a reincarnation of an original piece by Belgian sculptor George Vantongerloo and certainly caught your eye upon entry to Pier 94. This continuation of Champagne Pommery’s commitment to the art world marks, hopefully, a new tradition at The Armory Show, and certainly gives us a reason to raise a glass and toast to art (and champagne)!