2015 Global Fine Art Award Winners, Finalists and Nominees

 

The culmination of a year of research, deliberation and voting to recognize the best curated fine art and design exhibitions in the world ends in the revelation tonight of the 2015 winners of the nine Global Fine Art Awards – selected from 68 nominees in 19 countries, 5 continents and 42 cities.

The Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) research and nominating committees reviewed over 1,000 exhibitions and installations in more than 200 museums and galleries, from which the GFAA judges selected 28 finalists and ultimately 8 Winners and 2 Honorable Mentions for the 2015 program.

The 9th and final award, “Youniversal,” was determined by public voting, which all nominees were eligible to win. Thousands of votes were cast during the voting period, from October 15th through November 1st, 2015.

Nominees and guests, patrons and sponsors of the GFAA program celebrated the 2015 awards at a black-tie event and ceremony this evening at the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, Co-Hosted by Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron and Judy Holm, GFAA President and CEO.

GFAA judges Peter Trippi, Dean Phelus, Gina Costa and Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund selected the winners from 28 finalists in the following categories: Contemporary and Post-War Art; Impressionist and Modern Art; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties; Ancient Art; Public or Outdoor Installation or Exhibition, Design, Photography and Fringe.

In learning that the Moscow Kremlin Museum’s exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Manifest of the New Style wins the Youniversal award, Dr. Olga Dmitrieva, the Museum’s Deputy General Director of Education, and Professor, Faculty of History, Moscow State University says, “Arranging this exhibition we wanted to pay a tribute to the outstanding architect, artist and designer. Unfortunately, it also became a reminder of how fragile the works of art could be, even in the present day world. Once Mackintosh had expressed his philosophical reflections on art, asserting: “Art is a flower, life is a green leaf”. Both are vulnerable. But I do hope that with this project we made our humble contribution to the eternal triumph of life and art over death and destruction.”

 The J. Paul Getty Museum’s “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography” exhibition receives the award for best Photography.  Timothy Potts, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, says “On behalf of all of us at the J. Paul Getty Museum, in particular Virginia Heckert, the curator of Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, I want to thank the organizers and judges at the Global Fine Art Awards for selecting this extraordinary exhibition as the inaugural winner in the Photography category. We are all very proud.”

 11/30/15 GFAA press release AWARD WINNERS

THE 2015 GFAA WINNERS

Youniversal

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Manifest of the New Style / Moscow Kremlin Museum / Moscow, Russia

Best Contemporary / Post-War

America Is Hard to See / Whitney Museum of American Art / NYC, USA

Best Impressionist / Modern

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting / Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, USA

Honorable Mention

Frida Kahlo: Art * Garden * Life / New York Botanical Gardens / NYC, USA

Best Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters, Dynasties

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy / The Metropolitan Museum of Art / NYC, USA

Honorable Mention

Ming: 50 years that changed China / The British Museum / London, England

Best Ancient Art

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World / Palazzo Strozzi / Florence, Italy and The J. Paul Getty Museum / Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Best Public or Outdoor Installation

Venice, Italy Jaume Plensa: Together / Venice Art Biennale 2015 (Basilica di San Giorgio) / Venice, Italy

Best Design

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America / The Museum of Arts and Design / NYC, USA

Best Photography

Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography / The J. Paul Getty Museum / Los Angeles, USA

Best Fringe / Alternative

The Maboneng Township Art Experience: Turning their homes into art galleries / Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa

 

GFAA FINALISTS 2015

As covered in the Miami Herald 10/1/15 

Twenty-eight of the best exhibitions produced around the world during the past year were selected by a prestigious jury of art professionals today.  All Nominees for the eight Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) will be honored at the award ceremony on Monday, November 30, 2015 in the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College.

While the Jury votes to award the winners in each of the eight categories, the public will vote for their favorite exhibition to select the best exhibition of the year.  The Youniversal Award, based on cumulative popular votes, is the ninth and final award in the program, and will also be announced at the live ceremony event. Online voting starts October 15 and continues through November 1, 2015.

 

Nominees and Finalists include exhibitions from many of the most important museums in the world: The Whitney, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA and The J. Paul Getty Museum in LA; Seattle, and Philadelphia Museums of Art; The British Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; The Louvre, Le Grand Palais and Le Petit Palais in Paris; the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The State Hermitage and the Moscow Kremlin in Russia.

Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and GFAA Judge, says,

“Consider how hard art museum professionals work to conceive and organize their temporary exhibitions and installations of art and design, and also how much money their institutions spend to mount and tour them.  Now ask yourself: how are the best of these projects honored, after the lights have dimmed and the loaned artworks have headed home? Oddly, in a world teeming with award ceremonies for seemingly every possible artistic activity, there is no program that recognizes such exhibitions.”

This award program features some of the most innovative, important and thought-provoking public works of art as well, such as the Anish Kapoor installation at Chateau de Versailles, “Frida Kahlo: Art*Garden*Life” staged in the New York Botanical Garden and three nominees from the Venice Biennale 2015- by artists Chiharu Shiota, Sarah Sze and Jaume Plensa.

The GFAA Jury recognizes exhibitions from museums, private collections and galleries of renowned artists and designers spanning the history of time.  Artists range from contemporary and modern artists- On Kawara, Agnes Martin, Shirin Neshat, Sol Lewitt, Arne Quinze, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to renaissance and masters- del Sarto, da Vinci, Rubens, Velazquez, and Rembrandt.

Themed and sweeping period shows are well represented, with “Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Ming: 50 years that changed China” at The British Museum, “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840” at the Art Institute Chicago and two major shows on Impressionism- The Artist’s Garden: “Impressionism and the Garden Movement,” The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and earlier in the year at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and in London’s National Gallery.

 

Exhibition Museum/Gallery/ Space Country City
CONTEMPORARYAmerica is Hard to See Whitney Museum of American Art USA NYC
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East Los Angeles County Museum of Art USA Los Angeles
Agnes Martin Tate Modern England London
Shirin Neshat: Art in exile The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden USA Washington, DC
Disguise: Masks and Global African Art Seattle Art Museum USA Seattle
MODERN
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts USA Philadelphia
Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting Philadelphia Museum of Art / Musée du Luxembourg / National Gallery USA / France/ England Philadelphia / Paris / London
Frida Kahlo: Art * Garden * Life New York Botanical Gardens USA NYC
MASTERS/DYNASTIESAndrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action The J. Paul Getty Museum USA Los Angeles
The Baroque Underworld – Vice and Destitution in Rome Le Petit Palais France Paris
Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy The Metropolitan Museum of Art USA NYC
Ming: 50 years that changed China The British Museum England London
ANCIENTAssyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age The Metropolitan Museum of Art USA NYC
The Saga of the Thracian Kings, Archaeological Discoveries in Bulgaria The Louvre France Paris
Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World Palazzo Strozzi / The J. Paul Getty Museum Italy / USA Florence / Los Angeles
PUBLICChiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand Japan Pavilion/Venice Art Biennale 2015 Italy Venice
Jaume Plensa: Together Venice Biennale 2015 (Basilica di San Giorgio) Italy Venice
Arne Quinze: The Passenger Mons Belgium Mons
Kapoor Versailles Chateau de Versailles France Versailles
DESIGNIreland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840 Art Institute Chicago USA Chicago
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Manifest of the New Style Moscow Kremlin Museum Russia Moscow
New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America The Museum of Arts and Design USA NYC
PHOTOGRAPHYLight, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography The J. Paul Getty Museum USA Los Angeles
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story High Museum of Art USA Atlanta
Esko Mannikko: Time Flies, A Highlight Collezione Maramotti/Kunsthalle Helsinki Italy Reggio Emilia
FRINGECreative Time/Central Park Conservancy: Drifting in Daylight Central Park NYC USA NYC
Sarah Sze: All The World’s Futures Arsenale Venice Biennale Italy Venice
Turning their homes into art galleries Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa South Africa Cape Town and Johannesburg

 

GFAA 2015 NOMINEES

9/1/15 The Global Fine Art Awards Selects 2015 Nominees

The total slate represents a diverse range of size, style and provenance; with 24 of the GFAA nominees from the top 100 art museums visited in the world (April 2014, The Art Newspaper).

The basis for the research and selection of nominees is ongoing and thorough review of over 50 sources of art editorial and critique. More than 200 museums and 1,000 exhibitions are vetted during the process.

GFAA judges will select winners in the following award 8 categories: Contemporary and Post-War; Impressionist and Modern; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties; Ancient Art; Photography; Design; Fringe/Alternative; Public or Outdoor Installation. “Youniversal,” the ninth award, recognizes the most popular nominee, and is selected by public voting on the GFAA website and social media.

The judges’ panel includes Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine American Alliance of Museums’ Senior Director of Leadership Programs, Dean Phelus; Gina Costa, art historian and curator, previously from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago; and Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, international lecturer, art history consultant and curator.

About the GFAA Program:

 The GFAA program honors innovation in design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The program’s mission is to develop interest and passion for fine art, and further its educational role in society.

This award program recognizes and rewards the best fine art exhibitions and installations of the past year (Aug 1, 2014 – Jul 31, 2015).  Eight awards are juried, and a ninth award, “Youniversal,” is determined by public voting.  The program consists of a digital platform, with videos, social media and website (www.globalfineartawards.org), and a live award ceremony in Miami on Monday, November 30, 2015.

The 68 nominees of the 2015 award program include exhibitions from 19 countries, 5 continents and 42 cities.

 

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About MDC Museum of Art + Design

 

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

About the Global Fine Art Awards:
please contact Judy Holm, GFAA President and CEO, +1.917.589.0247 judyh@aspirationspr.com

http://www.globalfineartawards.org/

About MDC’s Museum of Art + Design:

please contact the museum at 305-237-7710 or museum@mdc.edu, or visit www.mdcmoad.org.

MDC Media-only contacts:

Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Hessy Fernandez, media relations director, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu.