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U.S. Section of International Association of Art Critics Announces Annual Award Winners
Yves Klein, “Untitled Fire-Color Painting (FC 1),” 1961. Private Collection. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Image courtesy Yves Klein Archives.
NEW YORk, NY.- The US section of the International Association of Art Critics/AICA-USA announced 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 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.

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 announced the following winners of its 2010 awards:

BEST PROJECT IN A PUBLIC SPACE
First Place:

"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

Second Places:
"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

BEST SHOW IN A NON-PROFIT GALLERY OR SPACE
First Place:

"Leon Golub: Live & Die like a Lion?"
Organized by The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Curated by Brett Littman

Second Place:
"Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World"
Organized by The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Curated by João Ribas

BEST SHOW IN A UNIVERSITY GALLERY
First Place:

"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

Second Place:
"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

BEST ARCHITECTURE OR DESIGN SHOW
First Place:

"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

Second Places:
"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

BEST SHOW INVOLVING DIGITAL MEDIA, VIDEO, FILM OR PERFORMANCE
First Place:

"Tino Sehgal"
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Curated by Nancy Spector

Second Place:
"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

BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY IN NEW YORK
First Place:

"Claude Monet"
Organized by Gagosian Gallery
Curated by Paul Hayes Tucker

Second Place:
"Primary Atmospheres: Works for California 1960-1970"
Organized by David Zwirner
Curated by Tim Nye and Kristine Bell

BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY NATIONALLY
First Place:

"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

Second Place:
"Noriko Ambe: キル - Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project"
Organized by Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX

Curated by Glenn Fuhrman

BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK
First Place:

"Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present"
Organized by the Museum of Modern Art
Curated by Klaus Biesenbach

Second Place:
"Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention"
Organized by The Jewish Museum
Curated by Mason Klein


BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
First Place:

"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

Second Place:
"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

BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK
First Place:

"In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976"
Organized by the Museum of Modern Art
Curated by Christophe Cherix

Second Place:
"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

BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
First Place:

"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 


Second Place:
"Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-1950s"
Organized by Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Curated by Mary Kate O'Hare

BEST HISTORICAL MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY
First Place:

"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

Second Place:
"Otto Dix"
Organized by Neue Galerie, New York, NY
Curated by Olaf Peters





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