Francis J. Greenburger Awards
Five under-recognized artists of extraordinary merit are recognized in this bi-annual event at the New Museum. Presented by Art Omi, the Francis J. Greenburger Award is an unrestricted $12,500 prize that honors established artists whom the art world knows to be of extraordinary merit but who have not been fully recognized by the public. Francis J. Greenburger, the Founder and Chairman of Art Omi, has invited a renowned artist, gallerist, writer, museum professional and collector to each select one recipient whom they believe to fulfill the mission of the award. Mr. Greenburger established the awards in 1986 after a conversation with his friends, André Emmerich and Clement Greenberg during which André said, “The best and brightest artist of each generation are known, but not to everyone. Ask the inner circle and they can tell you.” This statement is the inspiration and founding principle of the Francis J. Greenburger Awards.
The 2019 Francis J. Greenburger honor artists Ralph Lemon, John Newman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jennifer Bartlett, and Johannes Giardoni. The 2019 Francis J. Greenburger awards are presented by Alice Aycock, Charlotta Kotik, Lili Chopra, Marianne Boesky, and Anders Schroeder.
Jennifer Bartlett (b 1941) is known for her room sized installations ranging in medium, that explore her immediate environments including houses, mountains, trees, gardens and the ocean. Inspired by Minimalism, she started working on square steel enameled plates in 1968 on which she went on to create her most notable works. Rhapsody (1975-1976), a polyptych first installed at Paula Cooper Gallery filling the entirety of the gallery, included hundreds of these painted steel plates. That work is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work has moved from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism to Conceptualism with some works touching on all at once. Working in two dimensions and occasionally moving to three, her works often start in a controlled, mathematical abstraction and move to more painterly realism.
Bartlett’s first survey exhibition was held in 1985 and traveled to the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute. In 2006, her early enameled steel plate paintings were surveyed at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Klaus Ottman curated her second travelling survey exhibition in 2013-14, Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe—Works 1970–2011, which travelled to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Parrish Art Museum. In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibited all three of her monumental plate pieces, Rhapsody, Song, and Recitative in the exhibition Epic Systems. Bartlett’s works are in the collections of of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.
Johannes Girardoni has dedicated the last two decades to a complex and precise exploration of the limits of perception through material and light. Shifting between disciplines—sculpture, installation art, and photography—his work is concerned with creating new definitions of space through digital and analogue media.
The artist studied at the M.I.T. Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. His art has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; the Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York. In 2011, he participated in Personal Structures at the 54th Venice Biennale. His works can be found in the collections of the Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Arnhem; the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; the CALDIC Collection, Rotterdam; the Harvard Art Museum; the Margulies Collection, Miami; and the Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, among others.
John Newman is an artist presently living and working in New York City. He was born in Flushing, NY in 1952 and received his BA from Oberlin College in 1973. He attended the Whitney Museum Study Program in 1972, received his MFA in 1975 from the Yale School of Art and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT from 1975-78. He has had over 50 one-person shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His sculpture, drawings and prints are represented in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, the National Gallery of Australia, the Albertina Museum in Vienna among many others. He has been the recipient of the many awards and residencies including the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Chinati Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the NEA and a Senior Research Fulbright Grant to India. He is the former Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at the Yale School of Art and has taught and lectured in many universities and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ecole Superiere d’Art Visuel in Geneva, the Yokohama Museum of Art and the Visva-Bharti University, Santiniketan in India. He has also been commissioned to do several large-scale outdoor commissions for the City of Richmond, Virginia, Dai Nippon in Tokyo, Storm King Art Center, and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey. His work has been written about and reviewed in the NY Times, New York Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, BOMB magazine, Sculpture magazine and numerous other publications. John Newman lives in NYC.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles was born and raised in Denver Colorado. She received a BA in international relations and history from Barnard College in 1961, and an MA in Interrelated Arts from New York University in 1974. Since 1977, when she became the official, unsalaried Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation—a position she still holds—she has created art that deals with the endless maintenance and service work that “keeps the city alive,” and projects to transform degraded land and water. Ukeles believes art creates freedom and asks whether we can design modes of survival -- for a thriving planet, not an entropic one – that do not crush our personal and civic freedom and silence the individual’s voice. Can we be transformed as we transform?
Her artwork, blurring/crashing boundaries between labor and performance, system and spirit, unveils connections between feminism, workers’ rights, the environment, and democratic culture.
She had a 50 year museum-wide career survey at the Queens Museum, NYC, from September 18, 2016 to February 19, 2017. Her most well known projects include MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969!, TOUCH SANITATION PERFORMANCE (1979-80), and CEREMONIAL ARCH HONORING SERVICE WORKERS (1988-2017). She has completed seven Work Ballets co-choreographed with workers, barges, and hundreds of tons of recyclables in France, Holland, Japan, Pittsburgh and NYC (1983-2013). Environmental transformation projects for landfills include her Percent for Art commission called LANDING, the first permanent environmental public artwork, for Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY.
Two books have recently been published about her work: MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES: MAINTENANCE ART, Prestel, 2016 and SEVEN WORK BALLETS, Sternberg, 2015.
Other recent and earlier exhibitions were at the Whitney Museum; P.S. 1/MOMA; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Kunstverein Graz, Austria; 13th Istanbul Biennial; Sharjah Biennial 8; Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg; Armory Art Show; Wellcome Trust, London; Los Angeles MOCA; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. Permanent collections holding her works include the Whitney, Guggenheim, Art Institute of Chicago; Jewish Museum NYC, Smith College Museum, Migros Museum, Zurich, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Awards presented to the artist include multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NY State Council on the Arts, fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and Anonymous Was a Woman Foundations among others. Honorary doctorates include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design and the Maine College of Art. She lectures internationally and presently teaches at Bezalel MFA in Tel Aviv. The Smithsonian Archives of American Art has just acquired her papers. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery in NYC.
Ralph Lemon, is choreographer, writer, visual artist and curator, and the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. His most recent works include Scaffold Room (2015), Four Walls (2012), and How Can You Stay in The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? (2008-2010), works with live performance, film and visual art that toured throughout the U.S. The immersive visual art installation, Meditation, which was part of How Can You Stay, was acquired for the permanent collection of the Walker Arts Center in 2012. In January 2011, a re-imagined section of How Can You Stay was per-formed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in conjunction with On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. Mr. Lemon curated the fall 2012 performance series “Some sweet day” at MOMA, and the acclaimed 2010 performance series “I Get Lost” at Danspace Project in NYC. His solo visual art exhibitions include: 1856 Cessna Road at Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC (2012); How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2010); (the efflorescence of) Walter, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2008), The Kitchen, NYC (2007) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2006); The Geography Trilogy, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2001); and Temples, Margaret Bodell Gallery, NYC (2000). His group exhibitions include: Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London, UK and The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC. In 2012, Mr. Lemon was honored with one of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards; he was also one of the first artists to receive the United States Artists Fellowship (2006). He is recipient of three "Bessie" Awards (1986, 2005, 2016); two Foundation for Contemporary Art Awards (1986, 2012); a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship; a 2004 Bellagio Study Center Fellowship; and the 1999 CalArts Alpert Award. Among his many teaching positions, Mr. Lemon has been an IDA Fellow at Stanford University (2009); artist-in-residence at Temple University (2005-06); Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); Fellow of the Humanities Council and Program in Theater & Dance at Princeton University (2002); and Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre (1996-2000). For the fall 2011 semester he was a Visiting Critic with the Yale University, School of Art, Sculpture Dept. He was the 2014 Annenberg Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, where he curated a series of “performance essays,” titled, Value Talks. In 2015 he was a Mellon Foundation Visiting Artist Fellow at Columbia University. In 2017 he was Professor of Practice of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. He was the 2018 Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. He is currently Sachs Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, and a Visual Arts Mentor at Columbia University School of the Arts. His book, Come home Charley Patton, the final in a series documenting The Geography Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Wesleyan University Press. He received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from president, Barack Obama. The first monograph of his work was published by The Museum Of Modern Art (part of their new Modern Dance Series) in 2016. He is a 2018 percipient of the Heinz Family Foundation Award.
Alice Aycock has lived in New York City since 1968. Alice Aycock received a B.A. from Douglass College and an M.A. from Hunter College. Currently she is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin. She had her first solo exhibition of new sculptures with Marlborough in the fall of 2017. Her works can be found in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the LA County Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Sheldon Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, Omi International Arts Center, and the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany. A traveling retrospective was organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart (1983) and a retrospective was held at Storm King (1990). In 2013, a retrospective of her drawings and small sculptures was exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York coinciding with the Grey Art Gallery in New York City.
Aycock’s public sculptures can be found in many major cities in the U.S., including East River Park Pavilion at 60th Street in New York City (1995/2014); San Francisco Public Library (1996); JFK International Airport, NY (1998/2013); GSA Building, Baltimore, MD (2004); Nashville, TN (2008); and Washington Dulles International Airport (2012). In 2014, a series of seven sculptures were installed in New York City, entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase, in collaboration with Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin. In 2016, she completed a large-scale outdoor public artwork in Coral Gables, FL, and an entrance sculpture for the new MGM National Harbor, MD. She installed a sculpture for the lobby of 50 West, New York, NY in July 2017. A permanent large-scale installation was inaugurated at Pier 27 on the Toronto waterfront in the fall of 2017, as well as an entry sculpture for the new Capital One headquarters in McLean, VA in 2018.
Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague, first came to the United States to work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. During the course of her career, she has organized over 100 museum exhibitions, presenting the work by artists as diverse as Mariko Mori, Kerry James Marshall, John Cage, Jenny Holzer, Alyson Saar, Michelle Stuart and Robert Longo. From 1992 through 2007, she was the Curator and Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum. There, she established one of her major contributions to curatorial practice —The Grand Lobby Projects—in order to provide exhibition opportunities for installation-based work by artists such as Martin Puryear, Joseph Kosuth, Ida Applebrook, Petah Coyne and many others. In the 1980s, she also initiated the Working in Brooklyn Series to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene. In 1991, she received the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in contemporary art. In l993, as the United States commissioner for Venice Biennale, she presented works by Louise Bourgeois in an exhibition that later traveled internationally. Ms. Kotik has also organized a traveling exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s photography, an extensive exhibition with more than two hundred Brooklyn-based artists entitled Open House: Working in Brooklyn, and Graffiti—the first museum exhibition of graffiti art. Since 2000, Ms. Kotik has participated in the Jindrich Chalupecky Award, an important recognition for visual artists in the Czech Republic. The Award became a model for art programs in nine other post-Communist countries. Presently, Ms. Kotik works as a writer, lecturer and independent curator, and facilitates various projects for galleries, alternative spaces and museums, ranging from NURTUREart and FiveMyles in Brooklyn to institutions in Czech Republic. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City during spring semester and lectures at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. She received the Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic for the Lifelong Contribution to the Field of Visual Arts in 2016 and in 2018, the Skutek Grand Prix and the Doctor Honoris Causa in Theory and History of Art from Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague.
Lili Chopra, Executive Director of Artistic Programs at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), brings extensive experience commissioning, programming, producing and marketing international events and performance works in New York and France. Prior to LMCC, she served as Executive Vice President and Artistic Director of French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) since 2006. At FIAF, Lili founded and co-curated the Crossing the Line festival, a highly acclaimed trans-disciplinary festival featuring commissioned works with U.S. and international artists. More recently, she co-conceived and co-curated the Tilt Kids Festival, a culturally diverse and trans-disciplinary arts festival for young audiences. Prior to her time at FIAF, Lili spent four years at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) working closely with David White as Associate Producer and as Curator of its gallery. She has also worked with numerous festivals and independent artists in France and in the U.S. as an administrator and producer. She received her Master’s in Theater and Performing Arts History at Paris X University and her M.A. in Arts Administration at Columbia University.
Marianne Boesky established her eponymous gallery in SoHo, New York City in 1996. Since its inception, the gallery's mission has been to identify and support the work of emerging and mid-career international artists of all media. Among those artists whose early careers were established by the gallery are Lisa Yuskavage, Sarah Sze, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Barnaby Furnas. She relocated her flagship to west Chelsea in 2001, while also establishing multi-year project spaces on the Upper and Lower East Side.
As the gallery's program has continued to evolve, it has welcomed such critically recognized artists as Diana Al-Hadid, Donald Moffett, Serge Alain Nitegeka, and The Haas Brothers among others. It has also come to represent established artists such as Pier Paolo Calzolari and Frank Stella. In 2017, Boesky opened her newest space, Boesky West, in Aspen, Colorado. The expansion highlights the gallery's ongoing experimentations with space and architecture as well as its continued commitment to the needs and interests of its dynamic roster of artists from around the globe. She sits on the board of Anderson Ranch, the advisory board of Mount Sinai’s Dubin Breast Cancer Center, and is a member of the Middlebury Museum & Visual Arts Council. She graduated with a BA from Middlebury College in 1989 and received her JD from Fordham University in 1995.
Gary Lang's paintings explore repetition and color. The Tondos, up to thirteen feet in diameter, are painted in concentric rings of shifting color, sometimes gradual, sometimes abrupt. At a distance, they vibrate vertiginously; on approach, evident brush marks show a steady, human hand. Of his work, Lang says, “the process is ultimately a pleasure-driven meditation on accumulating and organizing energy, while investigating the potential of color.” Lang received an MFA from Yale University in 1975, and a Fulbright/Hayes Travel and Research Grant, which brought him to Barcelona for two years prior to settling in New York City. Lang has had more than seventy solo exhibitions in the United States, Austria, France, Japan, The Netherlands, and Spain. He now lives and works in Southern California.
Ryszard Wasko has worked in multimedia, including photography, film, video, installation, painting, and drawing. In the 70s he took part in the XII Sao Paulo Biennial, Documenta 6, the Third International Festival of Experimental Avant-garde Film in London, the Sydney Biennial, and the XI Biennale de Paris. He also created the Archives of Contemporary Thought (1979), a forum for symposia and art events. He founded the International Artists Museum in Lodz Poland, now in Berlin, and is well known as a curator and organizer of art events, primarily of Construction in Process (between 1981 – 2000; and the Lodz Biennial, 2004). During his early period in Lodz, Wasko became a member of Workshop of the Film Form, one of the most important artistic groups in Poland in the 70s. Later he would become a lecturer at the Film School, focusing on experimental media and photography. In 1990-92, he was invited to become the Program Director at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Museum in Long Island City, New York. In Europe and Eastern Europe, Wasko is considered a major intermedia artist with numerous solo and group exhibitions. Since 2007, he has been living and working out of Berlin, where he is represented by the Zak / Branicka Gallery.
Lorraine O'Grady combines strategies related to humanist studies on gender, the politics of diaspora and identity, and reflections on aesthetics by using a variety of mediums that include performance, photo installation, moving media, and photomontage. A native of Boston, MA, her work involves her heritage as a New Englander, and daughter of Caribbean immigrant parents. Lorraine O’Grady’s work is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Her work has been recently exhibited at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015); the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015, 2013 and 2012); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2014) and 1a Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Cartagena, Colombia (2014). Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Brooklyn Museum, New York, among others. She has been a resident artist at Artpace San Antonio, TX, and has received numerous other awards, including a Creative Capital Grant, the CAA Distinguished Feminist Award, a Life Time Achievement Award from Howard University, Art Matters grant, Anonymous Was A Woman award, and United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. Most recently she was named a 2015 Creative Capital Awardee in Visual Art. O’Grady’s work will be the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain (2016).
Barry Le Va is a contemporary American sculptor and installation artist. Trained in his native California, he works and lives in New York City. Le Va is among the leading figures of post-studio and process art of the late 1960s. His abstract sculptures, installations, drawings, and editioned works are featured in major art collections around the world. More recently, Le Va’s works were included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1, New York, 2015-2016; Piece Work, organized by Robert Storr, at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, 2015; and Bold Abstractions: Selections from the DMA Collection 1966–1976, curated by Gavin Delahunty, at the Dallas Museum of Art, 2015. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; mumok, Vienna; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. The artist is the subject of a new scholarly book by Michael Maizels entitled Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath, published by the University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Le Va currently lives and works in New York City.
Judy Pfaff is an originator of contemporary installation art, for which she received a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship (2004). Pfaff’s installation art selectively intertwines: formal concerns and abstract notions, allusions to artist styles and movements worldwide from Jackson Pollock to Taoist masters, botanicals, earth-conscious symbols, and spiritual/holistic signs into art that surrounds and engages viewers. Her prints combine processes from other media. Pfaff’s numerous honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center (2014) and being among the first women artists ever included in H. W. Janson's History of Art. Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Honors include: Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); and being elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (since 2009). Her numerous solo exhibitions in major galleries and museums in the United States and abroad include: Somewhere Before, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA (2015); consecutive solo shows at the Garrison Art Center, Garrison NY, Loretta Howard Gallery and Pavel Zoubok Galleries NYC (Fall, 2014); Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2013); Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV (2012); and Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2011). Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, and set designs for Wind Devil at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and for Regina with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Pfaff’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; others. Pfaff was the Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College in 1989 and 1991 and was Richard B. Fisher Professor and Chair of the Bard College Art Department from 1992 – 2014. See also www.judypfaffstudio.com
Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.
Robert C. Morgan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Ph.D. in Art History. He has lectured widely, written literally hundreds of critical essays, curated numerous exhibitions, and continues to paint and to show his own work. He was appointed as the first critic-in-residence at Art Omi International Artists Residency in 1992, and in 2016 honored as a Critic Emeritus. In 1999, he was awarded the first Arcale prize in International Art Criticism in Salamanca, and the same year served on the UNESCO jury at the 48th Biennale di Venezia. In 2002, he gave the keynote speech in the House of Commons, London on the occasion of Shane Cullen’s exhibition celebrating the acceptance of “The Agreement” by the UK, penned by Nobel laureate John Hume. In 2003, Dr. Morgan was appointed Professor Emeritus in art history at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and, in 2005, became a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Korea. In 2011, Dr. Morgan was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg. He lives, works, and teaches in New York City.
Marieluise Hessel is an art collector and philanthropist. As an art collector, she has been building a wide-ranging contemporary art collection since the late 1960s. The collection consists of over 2,000 works and is housed at the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum, on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Hessel co-founded The Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) 1992 and established the Library and Archives at CCS Bard, initially through a gift of a portion of her personal library and archives. The Marieluise Hessel Collection, and the CCS Bard Library and Archives together support scholarly research and engagement, and curatorial projects and initiatives which make CCS Bard a uniquely dynamic research and learning environment. Marieluise Hessel is married to Edwin L. Artzt, Retired Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.
Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, which travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2016. He also curated Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, and coorganized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014.
Angela Westwater is a founding partner of Sperone Westwater, which opened in 1975 with a mission to exhibit European avant-garde artists alongside a core group of American artists to whom its founders were committed. Representing the work of legendary artists including Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg, Tom Sachs, Richard Long, Guillermo Kuitca, Heinz Mack, and Malcolm Morley, the 8-story gallery occupies an award-winning building on the Bowery designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, completed in 2010. Prior to opening the gallery, Westwater served as Managing Editor of Artforum. She currently presides as President of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, which was established in 1918 and is one of the earliest artist-endowed foundations in the United States, an office she has held since 1980. Angela, a member of the board since 1975, inaugurated the Foundation’s biennial competition, which has awarded $9,143,000 in grants to 471 artists.
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