Open Water No. 24

by John J. Miller on August 11, 2011

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Here’s a description of the 2010 ArtPrize winner, from my article in the new issue of Philanthropy:

In 2009, Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, New York, won the $250,000 prize for Open Water No. 24, a 19-foot by 6-foot painting of blue-green waves. Many viewers probably assumed it was a scene from Lake Michigan, about 40 miles west of Grand Rapids, but the waves are too frothy for this fresh-water sea. It is in fact an image of salt water

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