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
The Rob Pruitt Art Awards will return this year for either its third (according to its web site) or fourth (according to Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the gallery that represents Mr. Pruitt) iteration. The Rob Pruitt Art Awards are either an actual award ceremony or a mocking performance celebrating the year in art and modeled after industry award shows like the Oscars. (Or maybe it’s both of those things at the same time.) The winners will be announced in the December issue of Art in America.
Nicholas Fox Weber, the executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation since 1979, has been named a chevalier in the France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Read More
Creative Time’s 2013 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change to Khaled Hourani and Laurie Jo Reynolds
Artists Khaled Hourani and Laurie Jo Reynolds have been named the winners of the 2013 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, an annual award presented each year at the Creative Time Summit. This year’s prize comes with a $15,000 award for each artist, and will be given at the Summit in New York on Oct. 26 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Arts. Read More
The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School has chosen multimedia artist and writer Jill Magid and Triple Canopy editor Alexander Provan as its 2013-15 fellows. The two winners, who were selected for their “advancement of the discourse on art and politics,” will draw upon the New School’s academic resources to pursue longterm projects. Read More