On Tuesday October 17, the Global Fine Art Awards program (GFAA) announced their Nominees for 2017. Many Nominees, Gallerists, Foundation and Museum Directors joined members of the GFAA Advisory Board to celebrate the news at the exquisite Leighton House Museum in London. The event was generously underwritten by Lead Sponsor, Crowell & Moring LLP International Law Firm, represented by partners Simon Evers, Michelle Linderman and Mark Meyer.
Guests present included Andrew Wilson, Curator at Tate Britain, nominated for the David Hockney exhibition. He was accompanied by Richard Benefield, Director of the Hockney Foundation, and prior GFAA Youniversal Winner for the Hockney exhibition staged at the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Also in attendance were Nominees Erland Hoyersten, Director and Curator from ARos Aarhus Kunstmuseum and Communications Director Anne Riis; Catherine Whistler, Curator from the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University; Diane Tuft, photographer represented by Marlborough Gallery in New York; Ruya Foundation’s Directors and Co-Curators of the Iraq Pavilion from the Venice Biennale, Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Columbo; Baiqu Gonkar, Director of Art Represent; Daniel Robbins and Peter Trippi (also GFAA Executive Committee member), Co-Curators of the Alma-Tadema exhibition installed at the Leighton House Museum. Gallery partners Hauser & Wirth for Philip Guston and Lygia Pape, Alison Jacques and Galerie LeLong for Ana Mendieta, Jaume Plensa and Andy Goldsworthy acknowledged their artists represented in this year’s Nominees. A personal letter written by Andy Goldsworthy, nominated for his lifetime body of work for this year’s premier Global Planet Award, was read aloud to conclude the remarks by GFAA President, Judy Holm.