The U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) has announced its annual best show awards. Eighteen winners and runners-up in nine categories are recognized from among more than 140 finalists proposed by AICA-USA’s 400-plus members.
AICA-USA introduced awards this year for writing in the categories of criticism, blogging, and arts reporting.
This year’s award ceremony will take place May 12 at the studio of New York artist Izhar Patkin.
Best Presentation in an Alternative Venue
1. Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories are Worth Repeating, Grey Art Gallery, New York University and Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, N.Y.; traveled to the Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, Calif.
2. Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument, Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY and Forest Houses, Bronx, N.Y.
Best Time-Based Format
Best Show in a Commercial Space in New York
1. Ad Reinhardt, David Zwirner Gallery.
2. Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959, Gagosian Gallery.
Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally
Best Monographic Museum Show in New York
1. Mike Kelley, MoMA PS1.
2. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Brooklyn Museum.
Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally
1. James Turrell: A Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; traveled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2. Llyn Foulkes, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; traveled to the New Museum, New York.
Best Thematic Museum Show in New York
Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally
1. An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Calif.; traveled to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University.
2. Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909 – 1929: When Art Danced with Music, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1. “Finding Poetry on the Page and, Later, on the Canvas, An Art Critic is First Inspired by Words,” Holland Cotter, The New York Times
2. Words For Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice, Barry Schwabsky, Sternberg Press
Best Art Reporting
1. The Brooklyn Rail (online and print editions)
2. Dealer’s Hand: Why are so many people paying so much money for art? Ask David Zwirner, Nick Paumgarten. The New Yorker