Steve McQueen Honoured with the 2021 Leo Award

16 September 2021

Steve McQueen Honoured with the 2021 Leo Award
Steve McQueen, Pray, 1999 (Still)

It has been announced that artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen has been honoured with the 2021 Leo Award by the Independent Curators International in conjunction with ICI’s 2021 Benefit in a Box.

The ICI says: ‘the Award recognizes McQueen for his major accomplishments in art and film for more than 25 years, his commitment to tackling overlooked subject-matter and shifting cultural paradigms through his work, as well as for his support of ICI’s educational, research and professional development programs for curators of colour and his role in conceiving the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor.’.

Launched in 1990 and named after art dealer Leo Castelli, an early ICI supporter, past winners of the Leo Award have included Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Marian Goodman, Michael
Govan, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Miuccia Prada, Emily Rauh Pulizter, and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours for services to film, artist Steve McQueen has been the recipient of many prestigious international awards including the 1999 Turner Prize, the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or for film Hunger and the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture for 12 Years a Slave.

With a major solo exhibition at the Tate Modern last August, Steve McQueen is currently a part of group exhibition, PORTALS, Athens, open until the end of the year. Take a look at the Neon website for full
exhibition information.

For more information about both the Leo Award and the 2021 ICI Benefit in a Box visit the ICI website.