The inaugural Presents Booth Prize has gone to Mariane Ibrahim, The Armory Show announced Thursday. The award, a new initiative of executive director Benjamin Genocchio, recognizes “outstanding and innovative gallery presentation” within Presents, the section of the fair dedicated to younger galleries. Mariane Ibrahim will return home to Seattle with $10,000 in prize money, funded this year by Athena Art Finance.
“It comes as a great surprise, but believe me, it was a lot of hard work,” said Ibrahim on Thursday from her booth on Pier 94, which features a solo presentation of German-Ghanaian artist Zohra Opoku. The artist credited her gallerist with a touch of art fair clairvoyance: “Mariane knew it already,” said Opoku, smiling. “She manifested it.”