International Association of Art Critics AICA-USA Announced Winners of 2014
The United States’ Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) has released the names of its winners for 2014. AICA US members, comprised of some 400 critics, curators, scholars and historians voted and selected nominees back in February, while the 2014 laureates will be awarded at Izhar Patkin’s studio in New York on May 12th. The winners’ list is divided into eleven categories. In the category of best presentation at an alternative venue (alternative space, public art, project space, or university gallery), the winner is Kara Walker for its Kara Walker: A Subtlety, staged by Creative Time at the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, New York. This amazing monumental work already received very positive reviews among critics, and was praised for its outstanding aesthetics and conceptual base. Measuring approximately seventy-five and a half feet long and thirty-five and a half feet high, the impressive white sculpture (representing a sphinx) transformed the site of factory that is about to be torn down, and left the visitors amazed for its monumentality. The second place award in the category of best presentation at an alternative venue is given to Greer Lankton’s LOVE ME exhibition, organized by Participant Inc., New York.
International Association of Art Critics (AICA) – 2014 Winners
International Association of Art Critics (AICA) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded five years after World War II by the newly formed United Nations. AICA International is headquartered in Paris. At present there are 63 member nations representing more than 4,000 art critics, including AICA-USA. Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA’s membership comprises the largest national section of AICA International: over 400 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, with the goal to elevate the values of art criticism as a discipline. Apart from awarding the best presentation at an alternative venue, AICA-USA also gave awards the best show in a commercial space in New York in 2014, where the winner is Nancy Grossman’s The Edge of Always, Constructions from the 1960s at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; with second place award that went to Robert Rauschenberg’s The Fulton Street Studio, 1953–54 at Craig F. Starr, New York. In the category for the best show in a commercial space nationally, the winners are Mickalene Thomas’ I was born to do great things at Kavi Gupta, Chicago and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Acts of God at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Ragnar Kjartansson’ The Visitors at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston won in the category of best time-based format (performance, video film, audio), while MoMA’s blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (curated by Karl Buchberg and Jodi Hauptman) won in the category of best monographic museum show in New York.
International Association of Art Critics (AICA) – Other Winners for 2014
Pierre Huyghe at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, curated by Jarrett Gregory won the category of best monographic museum show nationally. When it comes to the best thematic museums shows, International Association of Art Critics (AICA) has given awards to From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis at The Jewish Museum, New York (for New York scene), and Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present at ICA Boston, Boston (for the national scene). Holland Cotter from The New York Times won award for best criticism, while Jillian Steinhauer from Hyperallergic is awarded for best art reporting. Finally, the award for best blog went to Hyperallergic.
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