AICA-USA Announces Awards
Cooper Union Event March 14
By: AICA - Jan 24, 2011
The AICA-USA awards ceremony, which has been held annually for more than 25 years, will take place at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art on March 14 2011 at 6 PM. Awards will be presented by a group of distinguished artists and curators. Elizabeth C. Baker will be honored with a special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Criticism. Museum curators, artists and critics from around the country are expected to attend. A select number of seats will be available to the public. Members of the public may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about attending the event.
The US section of the International Association of Art Critics/AICA-USA announces its annual awards to honor artists, curators, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in recognition of excellence in the conception and realization of exhibitions. The winning projects were nominated and voted on by the 400 active members to honor outstanding exhibitions of the previous season (June 2009-June 2010). The 26 winners of first and second places in twelve categories, selected from over one hundred finalists, include exhibitions focusing on contemporary artists Marina Abramovi?, Tino Seghal and Cai Guo-Qiang, the mid 20th century artists Arshile Gorky and Yves Klein and the 19th-century and early 20th century masters Henri Matisse, Otto Dix and Claude Monet, as well as thematic exhibitions dealing with the presence of women artists in pop art, history of performance art, and the Bauhaus.
Awards will be presented by a group of distinguished curators and artists, the former winners of AICA Awards, among them Chuck Close, Christo, and Martin Puryear. The Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts/New York University Linda Nochlin will present the Special Award to Elizabeth C. Baker. Artistic component of the evening will include screening of a video by William Kentridge. Eleanor Heartney and Marek Bartelik will serve as MCs for the evening.
This year's Nominating Committee included: Eleanor Heartney (Chair), Marek Bartelik (AICA-USA President), Rachel Wolff (AICA-USA Vice-President), Barbara MacAdam (AICA-USA Board), Debra B. Balken, Michael Duncan, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
The Association is pleased to announce the following winners of its 2010 awards:
1/ BEST PROJECT IN A PUBLIC SPACE
"Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms"
Organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curated by Marion Boulton Stroud, Carlos Basualdo, and Adelina Vlas
"Duke Riley: Those About to Die Salute You"
Organized by the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Curated by Hitomi Iwasaki
"Antony Gormley: Event Horizon"
Organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, NY
Curated by Debbie Landau
2/ BEST SHOW IN A NON-PROFIT GALLERY OR SPACE
"Leon Golub: Live & Die like a Lion?"
Organized by The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Curated by Brett Littman
"Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World"
Organized by The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Curated by João Ribas
3/ BEST SHOW IN A UNIVERSITY GALLERY
"Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield"
Organized by the Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Curated by Robert Gober
"Tania Bruguera: On the Political Imaginary"
Organized by Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Curated by Helaine Posner
4/ BEST ARCHITECTURE OR DESIGN SHOW
"Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity"
Organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY in cooperation with the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Curated by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman
"Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art"
Organized by The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Curated by David Revere McFadden and Lowery Stokes Sims
" ...OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project (by Krzysztof Wodiczko)"
Organized by The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Curated by Randi Hopkins
5/ BEST SHOW INVOLVING DIGITAL MEDIA, VIDEO, FILM OR PERFORMANCE
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Curated by Nancy Spector
"William Kentridge, I Am Not Me, the Horse is Not Mine"
Organized by Performa, as part of Performa 09, Cedar Lake, NY
Curated by RoseLee Goldberg
6/ BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY IN NEW YORK
Organized by Gagosian Gallery
Curated by Paul Hayes Tucker
"Primary Atmospheres: Works for California 1960-1970"
Organized by David Zwirner
Curated by Tim Nye and Kristine Bell
7/ BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY NATIONALLY
"Lines, Shapes and Shadows: Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Tuttle and Sol LeWitt"
Organized by Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Curated by Barbara Krakow and Andrew Witkin
"Noriko Ambe: - Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project"
Organized by Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
Curated by Glenn Fuhrman
8/ BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK
"Marina Abramovi?: The Artist Is Present"
Organized by the Museum of Modern Art
Curated by Klaus Biesenbach
"Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention"
Organized by The Jewish Museum
Curated by Mason Klein?
9/ BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917"
Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Curated by Stephanie D'Alessandro and John Elderfield
"Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective"
Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA in association with Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Curated by Michael Taylor
10/ BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK
"In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976"
Organized by the Museum of Modern Art
Curated by Christophe Cherix
"100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009)"
Organized by MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY and Performa
Curated by Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg with additional curatorial advice from Jenny Schlenzka
11/ BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968"
Organized by Rosenwald-Wolf, Hamilton Hall & Borowsky Galleries, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Curated by Sid Sachs
"Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-1950s"
Organized by Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Curated by Mary Kate O'Hare
12/ BEST HISTORICAL MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
"Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers"
Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Curated by Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne
Organized by Neue Galerie, New York, NY
Curated by Olaf Peters
AICA-USA is the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), founded in June 1949 in Paris and originally affiliated with UNESCO as an NGO (non-governmental organization). Currently there are 63 member nations representing more than 4,500 art critics worldwide. AICA-USA, headquartered in New York, is the largest national section, with a membership of over 400 distinguished critics and scholars nationwide.
AICA-USA promotes critical discourse and is dedicated to expanding awareness of the values of art criticism as a discipline and acting in defense of the physical and moral value of art. It is the only organization to award excellence in museum and gallery exhibitions and does so to indicate the standards by which its members judge what they see.
In addition to its annual awards, AICA-USA presents panels, symposia, and a series of lectures and programs each year. These include the AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at the New School University, the AICA Commemorative Lecture at the Studio School in New York, studio visits with artists, a mentoring program for emerging art writers in partnership with the CUE Art Foundation, and an art writers workshop in partnership with Creative Capital Warhol Foundation. AICA-USA provides online resources on art criticism and professional issues on its website www.aicausa.org.
Membership in AICA is a professional honor and open to critics who have been publishing in the fields of modern and contemporary art at a high level and on a continuous basis for at least three years. For more information, visit www.aicausa.org