Romanian-born artist wins top French prize

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Romanian-born Mircea Cantor was awarded France's top contemporary art prize Saturday for a work comprising a jet fighter made out of cans, with fishing line and a huge golden hook attached.

Cantor's piece called Fishingflies was judged the winner of the 2011 Marcel Duchamp prize, which honours the most innovative French artists of their generation, at the leading contemporary Paris art fair, the FIAC.

Born in 1977 in Oradea in Romania, Cantor later settled in France.

Alfred Pacquemont, head of the Pompidou Centre modern art museum and chairman of the prize jury, praised Cantor's "dense and Protean work which offers symbolic representations of issues of contemporary society."

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