2014 Global Fine Art Awards

Presenting the 2014 Global Fine Art Award Winners and Finalists

 

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Twenty-five of the best exhibitions produced around the world during the past year were selected by a prestigious jury of art professionals.  These finalists for the five GFAA awards are honored with original videos paired with curated music, now on the GFAA Youtube.  All videos were presented live, and the award winners revealed, on Monday, December, 1 2014 in Miami, FL.

 

Highlights from nominees include: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA and Getty Museum in LA; Le Petit Palais in Paris and Louvre-Lens; Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston and Philadelphia Museums of Art; The National Gallery, London and London’s Arts Council, the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy and the Brouq Natural Reserve in Qatar.

 

This award program features some of the most innovative and important exhibitions across the globe, and includes several massive period shows, like “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” and the “Treasures… from the Korean Joseon 500-year Dynasty.”

 

The GFAA Jury also recognizes many solo-artist shows of the most renowned artists spanning the history of time.  Artists whose works are among the finalists range from contemporary artists Vik Muniz, Kara Walker, Xu Bing, Steinnun Thorarinsdottir, Jaume Plensa, David Hockney, Mira Schendel and Robert Indiana, to masters Caravaggio, Canaletto and El Greco.

 

The Youniversal Award

While the Jury deliberation process selected the winners in each of the five categories, the public voted for their favorite exhibition on the GFAA website.  The Youniversal Award is the sixth and final award in the GFAA program, and was also unveiled in Miami on December 1, 2014 at the live ceremony event.  All nominees were eligible to win. Thousands of votes were cast during the voting period, from October 16 through November 15, 2014.

 

Presenting the 2014 Global Fine Art Award Winners

After extensive research and deliberation of over 1,000 exhibitions and installations in more than 200 museums and galleries, the GFAA jury has selected five winners for the 2014 Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA).  The judges’ voting was extremely close in both Contemporary and Modern categories, which drew from a very large number of nominated exhibitions. As a result, the GFAA also officially recognizes two additional exhibitions with Honorable Mention.

Winners, nominees and guests, patrons and sponsors of the GFAA celebrated the awards at a private event and ceremony this evening hosted by the GFAA organizers and sponsors at Villa Azur in Miami Beach, FL.

In learning that the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s exhibition created from her collection (CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) won the award for best Contemporary and Post-War art, Miami-based Ella Fontanals Cisneros says, “I am proud to receive the Global Fine Art Award for Permission to be Global and would like to thank the Jury and organizers of this memorable event”.

Receiving both Honorable Mention for the Contemporary Art Award, and the YOUniversal Award for David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, Richard Benefield, Deputy Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco says, “The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are proud to share this award with David Hockney and Gregory Evans and the many, many people who contributed in so many ways to make the exhibition a reality. I, personally, want to thank the President of our Board of Trustees, Diane B. Wilsey, whose idea it was to have a David Hockney show in the first place, and who then encouraged me to make the show really great. I think we succeeded.”

 

The GFAA judges Dean Phelus, Peter Trippi and Cathy Leff, selected the winners from 25 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.  All five juried winners and the sixth award winner, YOUniveral, receive a bronze trophy-sculpture created by UNESCO artist for Peace, Hedva Ser.

 

THE 2014 GFAA WINNERS

BEST Contemporary or Post-War exhibition:

Permission to be Global/Practicas Globales: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Museum of Fine Art, Boston

 

BEST Impressionist or Modern Art exhibition:

Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment, Le Petit Palais, Paris, France

 

BEST Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters or Dynasties exhibition:

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Museum of Korea

 

BEST Ancient Art exhibition:

Pompeii: Life on the Volcano, Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany

 

BEST Public or Outdoor Installation:

Kara Walker: A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, Creative Time/Domino Sugar Factory, NYC

 

YOUniversal Award:

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, de Young, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco

 

HONORABLE MENTION Contemporary or Post-War exhibition:

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, de Young, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco

 

HONORABLE MENTION Impressionist or Modern Art exhibition:

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor, Getty Museum, Los Angeles

 

The GFAA Finalists

The finalists, their respective museum or organizer, and location – listed by award category, are:

 

Contemporary and Post War Art
Mira Schendel, Tate Modern, London, England
Aujourd’hui le monde est mort: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Vik Muniz: Closer to the Image, MAC Lima, Peru
Permission to be Global/Practicas Globales: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
The Essential Robert Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Other Primary Structures, Jewish Museum, NYC
David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, de Young/Fine Art Museums, San Francisco
 Impressionist and Modern Art
Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment , Petit Palais, Paris, France
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C./Metropolitan Museum, NYC
The Scandalous Art of James Ensor, Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Italian Futurism 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC
Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties
Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance, National Gallery, London, England
Caravaggio to Canaletto, The Glory of Italian Baroque and Rococo Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
El Greco’s Library, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, Philadelphia Museum of Art/ National Museum of Korea, Philadelphia
 Ancient Art
The Etruscans and the Mediterranean: the City of Cervetery, Musee du Louvre Lens, Lens France
Pompeii: Life on the Volcano, Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany
Lost Kingdoms, Metropolitan Museum, NYC 
Public or Outdoor Installation or Exhibition
Uncommon Ground, Arts Council Collection / Southbank Centre, London, England
Rachel Feinstein, Madison Square Park/Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC
Borders by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, Grant Park, Chicago
Kara Walker: A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, Creative Time/Domino Sugar Factory, NYC
Phoenix by Xu Bing, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
Echo by Jaume Plensa, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

 

About the GFAA Program:

 The GFAA program honors innovation in design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. Our 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, 2013 – Jul 31, 2014).  Five awards are juried, and a sixth award, “Youniversal,” is determined by public voting.  The program consists of a digital platform, with social media and website (www.globalfineartawards.org), and a live award ceremony in Miami on Monday, December 1, 2014.