Rob Pruitt, whose past projects have made art out of cocaine, iPhone photographs, and a flea market, last night successfully staged art’s first awards show. During a ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum, a star-studded cast of art- and real-world presenters bestowed awards in ten categories, honoring some of the finest recent achievements in visual arts.
Ryan Trecartin, fresh off his $150,000 Wolgin Prize win Philadelphia, picked up the Best New Artist trophy, while abstract painter Mary Heilmann took home the prize for Artist of the Year, beating Louise Bourgeois, Urs Fischer, and Dan Graham. Other top awards went to New York critic Jerry Saltz for Writer of the Year, Connie Butler for Curator of the Year, and Gagosian Gallery for its Manzoni retrospective in the Solo Show of the Year (Gallery) category.
In addition to the competitive prizes, whose winners were selected by balloting hundreds of art world professionals, lifetime achievement awards were given to Joan Jonas and Kasper König for their distinguished careers.
Return to ARTINFO on Monday for full coverage of the event.
The complete list of winners is below.
Artist of the Year
WINNER: Mary Heilmann
Curator of the Year
WINNER: Connie Butler
Exhibition Outside the United States
WINNER: "Jeff Koons," Versailles, Château de Versailles, France
"Francis Bacon," Tate Britain, London
"Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards: 1995–2008," Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
"Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter," Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Group Show of the Year, Gallery
WINNER: "Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?" Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
"A Twilight Art," Harris Lieberman, New York
"Your Gold Teeth II," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
ZERO in New York, Sperone Westwater, New York
Group Show of the Year, Museum
WINNER: "The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
"After Nature," New Museum, New York
"The Quick and the Dead," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
"WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Calvin Klein Collection New Artist of the Year Award
WINNER: Ryan Trecartin
The Rob Pruitt Award
WINNER: Cynthia Plaster Caster
Solo Show of the Year, Gallery
WINNER: "Manzoni: A Retrospective," Gagosian Gallery, New York
"Cindy Sherman," Metro Pictures, New York
"Paul Sharits," Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
"Picasso: Mosqueteros," Gagosian Gallery, New York
Solo Show of the Year, Museum
WINNER: "Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Dan Graham: Beyond," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Lawrence Weiner: As Far as the Eye Can See," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton," New Museum, New York
Writer of the Year
WINNER: Jerry Saltz