The Global Fine Art Awards announces the 5th Annual GFAA Award Winners
New York, NY March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, The Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) honored this year’s 94 nominees and announced the 15 award winners, 8 honorable mentions and a special award for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, PST:LA/LA, that comprised more than 70 exhibitions and projects throughout Southern California in the fall of 2018.
The 5th Annual Award Ceremony and Gala was held at the historic Harold Pratt House in New York. The event was hosted by the American Alliance of Museum’s Dean Phelus, GFAA Founder and President, Judy Holm, and the GFAA Advisory Board. Peter Trippi, a member of the GFAA Executive Committee and Judge Emeritus, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Trippi is editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.
GFAA Judges selected 13 winners– one in each of the following categories: Contemporary and Post-War – solo artist; Contemporary and Post-War – group or theme; Impressionist and Modern – solo artist; Impressionist and Modern- group or theme; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties – solo artist; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties – group or theme; Ancient Art; Photography; Design; Fringe; Public Art; Global Planet and Global Humanity (the new awards that premiered last year). Two additional awards, called Youniversal and YOU-2, were given to the most popular nominees as selected by public voting on the GFAA website and via social media.
The magnitude of PST:LA/LA transcended any of the individual GFAA award categories. Its significance to the art world rendered it a selection of the GFAA judges for a first-time independent award.
Italy received a total of 6 nominations and was awarded 3 of the highly coveted awards.
|The 18th Century: A Collection||Palazzo Pitti, Florence|
|Eternity and Time between Michelangelo and Caravaggio – Winner||Musei San Domenico, Forli|
|Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943 – Winner||Fondazione Prada, Milan|
|Lucio Fontana: Ambienti / Environments – Winner||Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan|
|Arcimboldo||Palazzo Barberini, Rome|
|Etrusca Egyptians. From Eugene Berman to the Golden Scarab||Centrale Montemarini, Rome|
Dr. James Bradburne, GFAA Judge and Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Biblioteca Braidense, Milan stated:
“The GFAA is the world’s leading recognition for excellence in exhibitions, and it should be no surprise that Italian institutions feature prominently among the award winners. As a foreigner who lives and works in Italy at the helm of one of the country’s leading state museums, I have seen at first hand the role of Italian foundations in creating world class exhibitions, and applaud their ability to champion innovation and creativity, the hallmarks of Italian culture.”
In continuing GFAA’s recognition of social issues addressed by many artists and institutions, GFAA premiered a new award category this year called Global Artists. This category distinguishes the lifetime body of work of the nominated artists. The new award is juried but does not designate a single winner. The six GFAA Global Artists are: Ansel Adams, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Jaar, Keith Haring, Doris Salcedo and David Goldblatt.
The gala event was attended by more than 30 of this year’s nominees, including:
Art world luminaries supporting GFAA also attended the event, including:
About the GFAA Program
Launched in 2014 by Judy Holm, The Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) are the first annual awards ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations worldwide. The GFAA program honors innovation and excellence in exhibition 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. GFAA endeavors to be the premier global art and design award program and to elevate the importance of fine art in the world today.
About the 2018 GFAA Nominees
Geographic, scale, ethnic and gender diversity are essential in the GFAA research and nominating process.
The GFAA judging, research and nominating processes
Throughout the year, GFFA’s Art Research Committee searches to identify the best exhibitions and installations across the globe. A broad set of criteria is utilized to research and assess the prospective nominees, with continuous review of over 50 sources of print and online art editorial and critiques. Through these sources and personalized assessments based on exhibition viewing, more than 200 museums and 2,000 exhibitions are vetted during the annual research. In addition to the research-based nominations, GFAA accepts open calls from museums, biennials, fairs, galleries and other art organizations. Individual patrons may nominate their favorite exhibitions as well.
The Nominating Committee reviews the slate prepared by the Art Research Committee and presents their findings and final approvals to the judges. The judges modify and select the final slate of nominees, then vote on the finalists and winners.
The timeframe for eligibility this year was for exhibitions and installations opening between Aug 1, 2017 and Jul 31, 2018. The basic criteria for eligibility in the juried awards is that the nominated exhibit or installation must be curated.
Another integral aspect of the GFAA program is to engage the general public and include their voice in the program results. Public voting takes place online from Jan 14 to 27, 2019 and the most popular exhibition wins the Youniversal Award. The second public award, YOU-2, is selected from twitter votes.
Founder and President, Judy Holm, and more than 30 dedicated professionals with extensive experience in art, academia, technology and business are committed to the future of the Global Fine Art Awards program and its mission. They represent a truly global perspective, with nationalities from 21 countries and 4 continents.
GFAA Research and Nominating Committee
GFAA 5th Annual Award Ceremony Sponsors
Benefactor Event Sponsor: Leila Heller Gallery
GFAA Cultural Collaborators & Media Partners
ART MEDIA Holdings (Art in America, ARTnews Magazine, The Magazine ANTIQUES and MODERN), The Armory Show, Alserkal Avenue (Dubai), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), De la Cruz Collection (Miami), DSL Collection (Paris), Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, Family Office Elite magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Fractured Atlas, Galerie Lelong & Co., Gladstone Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Leighton House Museum (London), Leila Heller Gallery (New York and Dubai), Mapme, Marlborough Gallery, Masterpiece London, National Arts Club, Onassis Foundation USA, Traveling Exhibits Network, Vastari, White Rabbit Collection (Sydney)
Copperfield Advisory – USA
Carolyn Cruz – International
GFAA is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purpose of GFAA must be payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides a fiscal sponsorship program to help arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.