Martha Rosler wins inaugural 100K prize from The New Foundation Seattle

Martha Rosler, Artist


Martha Rosler is the first recipient of The 100K Prize, a biennial award presented to an influential, U.S.-based woman artist in honor of her exemplary artistic achievements and enduring commitment to her practice. Rosler will receive a $100,000 unrestricted cash award from the Foundation complemented by a full year of exhibitions and public programs in Seattle.

Rosler works across a range of media, including photography, video, writing, performance, sculpture, and installation, often addressing matters of the public sphere and everyday life, especially as they affect women. Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the “national security climate,” connecting everyday experiences at home with the conduct of war abroad — most famously in House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, originally made as a response to the war in Vietnam in the late 1960s and reprised in 2004-2008 as a new series on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rosler has had numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally and has published over 15 books of art and cultural criticism, most recently Culture Class (2012), on artists and gentrification. In 2012 she presented her performance installation Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA, New York. Her ground-breaking 3-exhibition cycle, If You Lived Here…, on homelessness, housing, and the built environment, which she organized at the Dia Art Foundation in New York in 1989, is regarded as a touchstone exhibition on these themes. Versions of this exhibition cycle have circulated in various forms over the past 25 years in the US and abroad, most recently at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna in 2015. It is the basis for programming at The New Foundation Seattle in 2016.

“I am honored and delighted to be the first recipient of The 100K Prize from The New Foundation Seattle, an award instituted in recognition of women artists whose work has shown a commitment to social justice,” says Rosler. “It is especially gratifying that this generous prize seeks to support artists like me, who are trying to think through the role of art in the activation of communities, and that this is reflected in the year-long programming dedicated to opening social questions to broad publics in different locales around the city.”


The 100K Prize was established to honor The New Foundation Seattle’s President and Founder Shari D. Behnke and her bold philanthropic efforts over the past 30 years. Starting in 2016 one award will be distributed every other calendar year to an influential, U.S.-based, inclusive of cisgender and transgender women, in celebration of their artistic achievements, and proven commitment to the field. 100K Prize recipients receive a $100,000 unrestricted cash gift. The Foundation will commit additional funds toward the presentation of the recipient’s work and the development of related public programs in Seattle. Recipients are selected and notified by the Foundation’s board. An individual may receive one award during their lifetime.

Martha Rosler was born in 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives and works. She received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She has taught at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her works in several media are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art in California; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Tate and Victoria & Albert in London; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. Her work has been exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale; 2004 Taipei Biennial; Documentas 7 and 12, Kassel; several Whitney Biennials, New York; SkulpturProjekte Münster 07; and many other group exhibitions. The Martha Rosler Library toured from 2005 to 2009. A career retrospective, Positions in the Life World, was exhibited in five European cities and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and International Center of Photography, New York, from 1998 to 2000. Rosler was awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography for 2005 and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2006. She received an Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 2007 and in 2008 was the United States Artists Nimoy Fellow. In 2009, she held a residency at Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. She received a Guggenheim Museum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2011, she was a DAAD Artist in Residence in Berlin. In 2012, Rosler presented Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, her first solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.