In addition to receiving a $100,000 honorarium, the winner will present a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in the spring of 2021.
Now in its 13th edition, the biannual Hugo Boss Prize recognizes the achievements of both emerging and established artists in contemporary art, regardless of their age, gender, nationality or medium.
Past winners include Simone Leigh, Matthew Barney, Emily Jacir, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Anicka Yi, and Paul Chan.
"After a rigorous examination of today's artistic landscape, the jury identified a group of artists whose practices are beacons of cultural impact. While diverse in their approaches and themes, they each exemplify the spirit of experimentation and innovation that the prize has always championed," Nancy Spector, who is the museum's chief curator and jury chair, said in a statement.
While the winner of this year's prize will be revealed in the fall of 2020, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced that Nairy Baghramian, Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Elias Sime, Cecilia Vicuña and Adrián Villar Rojas have been nominated.
Here is a look at the six finalists of the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize:
Born in 1971 in Iran, Nairy Baghramian explores the boundaries between the decorative, the utilitarian and the art object in her sculptures and installations.
In her latest "Maintainers" series, the Berlin-based artist created three interdependent elements made of raw aluminum casts, colored wax forms and lacquer painted braces.
While presented in a disparate composition, their material nature bears witness to their submission to a utilitarian finality.
In recent years, Baghramian's work has been presented in solo exhibitions in various international art institutions such as the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
New York-based Kevin Beasley works at the intersection of sculpture, installation and performance.
He combines disparate found materials including personal ephemera, studio debris and samples from various musical genres to produce works that excavate the personal and cultural meanings of the original objects.
In his 2014 "Jumped Man" installation, Beasley has created two rocklike pieces of polyurethane foam on which a pair of Nike Air Jordan are affixed. The earthen quality of the brown resin contrasts with the whiteness of the sneakers, which stand as a metaphor for social and economic mobility.
Earlier this year, Beasley held his latest exhibition, entitled "ASSEMBLY," at The Kitchen in New York City.
New York-based Deana Lawson is renowned for her large-format photographs that channel vernacular, art-historical and documentary traditions.
Her practice is visually inspired by the materiality of black diasporic culture and its expression through carefully staged domestic settings, as seen in her 2014 "Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo."
From backyards to bedrooms and kitchens, everyday spaces are transformed into theatrical arrangements in which each object bears a cultural significance akin to a still-life painting.
Over the past few years, Lawson's work has been exhibited at the Museum voor Fotografie in Amsterdam, the Underground Museum in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Elias Sime is an Ethiopian multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in relief sculpture and architecture.
His collages and assemblages explore the relationship between society, nature and technology by incorporating objects found in local markets with organic building materials such as mud and straw.
Sime's repurposing of materials, many of which come from the open-air market of Mercato in Addis Ababa, aligns with his long-standing practice of community engagement.
His work has been shown internationally at the Dak'Art Biennale in Senegal, the New Crowned Hope Festival in Austria and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Born in Santiago de Chile in 1948, Cecilia Vicuña is based between her native city and New York, where she makes poetry, films, sculptures and site-specific installations.
Her diverse body of work, which she refers to as arte precario (or "precarious art"), engages with themes of language and memory, weaving together obscured histories from Latin American culture and her personal experiences of displacement.
Earlier this year, the Chilean artist was featured in four solo exhibitions including "Cecilia Vicuña: a retrospective exhibition" at Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and "Cecilia Vicuña: Lo Precario | The Precarious" at Ohio's Wexner Center for the Arts.
Adrián Villar Rojas
Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas splits his time between his native city of Rosario and New York.
He is renowned for creating context-specific installations and environments constructed from organic and synthetic substances that evolve or decay over the course of their exhibition.
Villar Rojas notably represented Argentina at the 2011 Venice Biennial, during which he presented "The Murderer of Your Heritage." This site-specific installation was composed of monumental clay figures based on the theory of multiverses, which posits that numerous different universes could coexist.
During the 54th edition of the Venice Biennial, Villar Rojas was also awarded with the 9th Benesse Prize, which is addressed to a "promising artist trying to break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit."