Videos   06 March 2012

2011 Annual AICA Awards Ceremony

ANNUAL ARTS AWARDS TO HONOR ARTISTS, MUSEUMS & CURATORS

The 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 aicausaprogram@gmail.com for more information about attending the event.

February 11, 2011 -- New york:  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 finalists include exhibitions focusing on contemporary artists Marina Abramović, 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.

Leading New York City cultural institutions being recognized include the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the Neue Galerie and the Drawing Center. Winning museums located outside New York include the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.

Awards will be presented by a group of distinguished artists and critics, the former winners of AICA Awards, among them Shirin Neshat, Christo, Martin Puryear, Connie Butler, Peter Plagens, and Eugenie Tsai. The artistic part of the program will feature works by William Kentridge and Kimsooja.

Elizabeth C. Baker will receive a special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Criticism. Elizabeth C. Baker studied art history at Bryn Mawr and Harvard. She was editor of Art in America from 1974 to 2008. Before joining Art in America, she was associate editor and then managing editor of Art News. She has taught history of art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.; and Boston University. She has written on a wide range of contemporary artists, and received the Mather Award for criticism in 1972, and an award for distinguished contribution to the arts in 1992, both from the College Art Association. In recent years she has been the recipient of awards for service to the arts given by ArtTable, Independent Curators Inc., and A.R.T. (Art Resources Transfer). She is currently working as a freelance writer, editor and consultant. Linda Nochlin will present the Award.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.

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