Earlier today I was thinking about how much I enjoyed Danh Vo’s Hugo Boss Prize show at the Guggenheim earlier this year, and by a funny coincidence this afternoon the museum announced the 2014 nominees for the biannual prize, which carries with it a $100,000 check and a show at the museum. Read More
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, which organizes awards on a rotating basis in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Houston, announced the winners of its inaugural award cycle in Los Angeles. The recipients of a $15,000 prize awarding artistic excellence were Cayetano Ferrer and Nicole Miller. Recipients of a $3,000 prize were Vishal Jugdeo, Stanya Kahn and Kerry Tribe.
Film London, the U.K.’s Channel 4 and London’s Whitechapel Gallery announced today that John Smith is the recipient of the 2013 Jarman Award, which honors artist-filmmakers.
Mr. Smith will take home a £10,000 ($16,000) check and a broadcast commission for Channel 4. Read More
The artist Gary Simmons has won the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, the museum announced today. Read More
Olafur Eliasson will be honored with the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, which “recognizes rising, innovative talents” and comes with a $100,000 prize, as well as a short residency at the school. The school made the announcement today, praising the Icelandic polymath for his “ambitious public art projects, large-scale installations, architectural pavilions, major art exhibitions, spatial experiments, sensory experiences and a distinctive art and social business enterprise—Little Sun, a solar powered lamp that is ‘a work of art that works in life.’” Past recipients include Agnes Denes (in 1990), Jeff Wall (1995), Isaac Julien (2001) and Santiago Calatrava (2005). Read More
“When I was younger I went to all kinds of rock concerts,” said Jeffrey Deitch, his silk midnight blue lapels illuminated by candlelight. He was at the Americans for the Arts annual Arts Awards dinner at the lavish Cipriani in Midtown, where artists and patrons annually collect Jeff Koons-designed bunny statues for their services. It’s a little like the art world’s answer to the Oscars, and in a nice change of pace, blues legend B.B. King was set to receive the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award. “I remember seeing him at an outdoor concert in the middle of an open field in Massachusetts,” Mr. Deitch continued. “It was a whole field of hippies. He was phenomenal. Everyone loved it.” Read More
The Deste Prize, a €10,000 ($13,300) award given every two years to a Greek or Cypriot artist by collector Dakis Joannou’s Deste Foundation, has gone to Kostas Sahpazis. Read More