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2009 September 24

For Art's Sake

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Rob Pruitt at The Guggenheim Rob Pruitt at The Guggenheim
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(NEW YORK) The Oscars may not be until February, but it seems that the Emmys have kicked off a premature awards season. On Thursday, October 29, the Guggenheim Museum will present the First Annual Art Awards, in partnership with Calvin Klein Collection. Conceptual artist Rob Pruitt has conceived the event, which will mimic a Hollywood awards ceremony—with performance-based artwork. Contemporary art will be up for the honors; for the first awards ceremony, eligible art will have “made a significant impact on the field of contemporary art” between January 2008 and June 2009.

“With one eye on supporting our great institutions, and the other on injecting our community with a renewed sense of energy, spirit, and a dash of showbiz glamour, we are pleased to announce this very unique event,” said Pruitt. “This annual gesture will function as a community-building and philanthropic event for the Guggenheim Museum, White Columns and, in 2009, Studio in a School, while simultaneously mobilizing the wide ranging talents and energies of the international arts community, focusing on our mutual admiration and support for one another's unique endeavors.”

Presenters for the ceremony will include the likes of Sophia Coppola, James Franco, Nate Lowman, and Mary-Kate Olsen (which will surely lend the event equal parts indie cred and glam), while the Fiery Furnaces will perform original music composed for the awards by Matthew Friedberger. As for the nominees? Drumroll, please…

Artist of the Year
Louise Bourgeois
Urs Fischer
Dan Graham
Mary Heilmann

Curator of the Year
Klaus Biesenbach
Daniel Birnbaum
Connie Butler
Massimiliano Gioni

Exhibition Outside the United States
Francis Bacon, Tate Britain, London
Jeff Koons, Versailles, Château de Versailles, France
Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards: 1995–2008, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Group Show of the Year, Gallery
A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York
Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns? Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
ZERO in New York, Sperone Westwater, New York

Group Show of the Year, Museum
After Nature, New Museum, New York
The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York

New Artist of the Year
Elad Lassry
Daniel McDonald
Marlo Pascual
Ryan Trecartin

Solo Show of the Year, Gallery
Cindy Sherman, Metro Pictures, New York
Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Paul Sharits, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Picasso: Mosqueteros, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Solo Show of the Year, Museum
Dan Graham: Beyond, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Lawrence Weiner: As Far as the Eye Can See, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton, New Museum, New York
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Modern Art, New York

Writer of the Year
Tim Griffin
John Kelsey
Walter Robinson
Jerry Saltz




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