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MaxMara Art Prize Goes to Rickards

British artist Hannah Rickards, winner of the second Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

MILAN — British artist Hannah Rickards, winner of the second Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, will present her work, “No, there was no red,” on Saturday at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The Collezione, comprising more than 600 works by contemporary artists and assembled by Max Mara’s Maramotti family, will display Rickards’ work semipermanently from Nov. 12.

Rickards; Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel gallery; curator Bina von Stauffenberg, and Max Mara’s chairman, Luigi Maramotti, are expected to attend the event.

The artist is known for exploring natural phenomena in her works. “No, there was no red” is a film on two screens based on different accounts of the image of a city seen over Lake Michigan, resulting from temperature inversion mirages. In “Thunder,” in 2005, Rickards expanded for seven minutes an eight-second taping of the roar of thunder, which was then transcribed into a music score by composer David Murphy.

Rickards’ latest project is the result of a six-month residency at the American Academy in Rome and the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella funded by the Max Mara prize. The work was also on display at the Whitechapel Gallery last month.

Maramotti said Rickards’ work “fully matches the objective of the award, which is to support women artists through the offer of space and time to help them focus on artistic creation.”

The Max Mara Art Prize was initiated in 2005 to nurture and promote emerging talent based in the U.K. through a residency in Italy. Margaret Salmon’s film trilogy, which was awarded the first prize in 2006, is already lodged at the Collezione.

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