AICA/USA AWARDS CEREMONY AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
Where can an ambitious artist find all the top art critics along with award-winning curators and art dealers, and even a museum director or two? At some art fair? At a gallery in Chelsea? At a black-tie museum opening? No, no and no!
The cream of the art-world crop shows up tonight, Feb. 21, 2007, at El Museo del Barrio at 1230 Fifth Ave at 104th Street for the 2007 International Association of Art Critics awards ceremony. Emcee is the estimable Arthur Danto, art critic for the Nation and professor of philosophy at Columbia University. The show runs from 6 pm-8 pm, and is free and open to the public.
Among the artists, critics, curators and art dealers expected to show up to accept their awards in person are Marina Abramovic, Okwui Enwezor, Carmen Gimenez, Marian Goodman, Lynne Gumpert, Nancy Holt, Carlo McCormick, Paul Schimmel, Richard Tuttle and Amei Wallach. A complete list of the winning exhibitions, selected by votes from the AICA membership -- also expected to be on hand, keeping a close eye on the proceedings -- follows.
Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally
First place: "Robert Rauschenberg: Combines," organized by Paul Schimmel for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Second Place: "The Art of Richard Tuttle," organized by Madeleine Grynsztejn for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally
First Place: "Dada," organized by Leah Dickerman of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Laurent Le Bon of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with Anne Umland, coordinating curator for the Museum of Modern Art.
Second Place: "The Sociètè Anonyme: Modernism for America," organized by Jennifer Gross, with Susan Greenberg for the Yale University Art Gallery and presented at the Hammer Museum.
Best Monographic Museum Show in New York City
First Place: "David Smith: A Centennial," organized by Carmen Gimenez at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Second Place: "Eva Hesse: Sculpture," organized by Fred Wasserman and Elizabeth Sussman at the Jewish Museum
Best Thematic Museum Show in New York City
First Place: "The Downtown Show: The New York Scene, 1974-1984," organized by Carlo McCormick in consultation with Lynn Gumpert and Marvin J. Taylor for the Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.
Second Place: "Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary Photography," organized by Okwui Enwezor for the International Center of Photography.
Best Show in a Commercial Gallery in New York
"William Kentridge: The Magic Flute: Drawings and Projections" at Marian Goodman Gallery.
Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally
"David Ireland, Jess & Al Souza" at Moody Gallery, Houston.
Best Show in a Temporary or Alternative Space
First Place: "Donald Judd: Selected Works from the Judd Foundation," organized by the Judd Foundation and presented by Christie’s in an exhibition installation by Flavin Judd.
Second Place: "Neo Sincerity," organized by Amei Wallach at Apex Art.
Best Show in a Public Space
"Robert Smithson: Floating Island to Travel Around Manhattan Island," organized by Minetta Brook in collaboration with the Whitney Museum under the direction of Eugenie Tsai and Chrissie Isles, and curated by Diane Shamash and Nancy Holt, with assistance from Diana Balmori and Floating Cinema. The project was realized in association with the Robert Smithson Estate, represented by the James Cohan Gallery.
Best Architecture or Design Show
First Place: "Andrea Zittel: Critical Space," organized by Paola Morsiani and Trevor Smith at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Second Place: "Zaha Hadid," organized by Germano Celant and Monica Ramirez-Montagut at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Best Historical Show
"Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings," organized by Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Sjraar van Heugten, and Marije Vellekoop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum.
Best Exhibition of Time Based Art (Video, Film or Performance )
"Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces," organized by Nancy Spector with Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim Museum.