Guggenheim Annouces Nominees of Inaugural Art Awards

09/24/2009 1:47 PM |

Guggenheim First Annual Art Awards

Well, it had to happen, so it might as well be the Guggenheim doing it: the Uptown museum will host its First Annual Art Awards next month, a ceremony in the Oscars mold, with celebrity presenters (including Sofia Coppola and Mary-Kate Olsen), lifetime achievement awards (this year going to artist Joan Jonas and curator Kasper König), categories like “Artist of the Year” and “Solo Show of the Year, Museum”, celebrity presenter conceptual artist Rob Pruitt and funny MCs (and L Mag-favorites) up-and-coming performance art group the Delusional Downtown Divas.

Obviously, this format is just as fraught with problems when applied to art as it is for film—like, does it really make sense to nominate Louise Bourgeois for Artist of the Year when she should probably get a lifetime achievement award while she can still accept it in person?—but it’s also the kind of exciting and high-visibility event that the contemporary art world should really already have (because, let’s face it, reading about who got the latest art grant isn’t much fun). The event, presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, White Columns and Studio in a School, goes down on October 29. Click here for a full list of nominees and check back soon for The L‘s winners predictions.