Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
100 Northern Avenue
Through January 17, 2011
In December, a jury of three internationally known curators will choose one of nine finalists who live and work in the Boston area for the $25,000 James and Audrey Foster Prize for 2010 and for some career-boosting prestige.
Each artist contesting for this prize is given generous space in one of a series of five rooms and the corridors connecting them to display his or her vision. When I reached the last artist on my first run-through, I turned around, as you will, to review my favorites.
Stephen Tourlentes, who teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has spent the last decade documenting the new prison complexes that dot our rural landscapes.