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Guggenheim Museum Launches Annual Awards Show

Guggenheim Museum Launches Annual Awards Show

Rob Pruitt, "Art Awards Statuette" (2009), Photo by Thomas Mueller


September 24, 2009

New York, NY – Rob Pruitt made art by organizing a flea market at 2007’s Frieze Art Fair and offering cocaine (for his Cocaine Buffet) at an opening in 1998. Now he has announced that he will host “Rob Pruitt’s First Annual Art Awards” as part of a “performance-based artwork” in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, alternative art space White Columns, and the arts education group Studio in a School.

The awards will be given for work completed from Jan. 2008 to June 2009 in 10 categories, including Artist of the Year, Curator of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. Some of the nominees are associates of Pruitt, such as his gallerist, Gavin Brown, who helped curate “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery with Urs Fischer (another Brown artist), who is nominated in the Artist of the Year category.

A committee of art-world professionals will select the winners of nine of the awards. The Rob Pruitt Award, bestowed by the artist himself, will be the one exception to that process. The museum also announced that lifetime achievement awards will be presented to Joan Jonas and dealer Kasper König.

Pruitt plans to announce the winners at a live event in “the format of a Hollywood awards ceremony” on Oct. 29 that will be featured on Ovation TV.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Artist of the Year • Louise Bourgeois • Urs Fischer • Dan Graham • Mary Heilmann

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