John Smith Wins 2013 Jarman Award

(Courtesy Jarman Award)

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


MIT’s Eugene McDermott Award to Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson. (Courtesy MIT)

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


All Hail B.B. King! Blues Legend Steals the Art World’s Thunder at Americans for the Arts Gala

Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards Benefit

“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 Rob Pruitt Art Awards Are Back

(Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise)

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.

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