NEW YORK, NY -- There are dozens of award shows honoring actors and musicians, and now artists are finally being recognized for their creative achievements. On Thursday evening, stars including Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore, James Franco and Mary-Kate Olsen, were at the Guggenheim Museum for a Hollywood-esque awards ceremony - The First Annual Art Awards. Conceived by artist Rob Pruitt, The First Annual Art Awards "honors select individuals, exhibitions, and projects that have made a significant impact on the field of contemporary art during the past year." And instead of the traditional metal statuette, winners took home a celebratory bucket of champagne that conveniently also serves as a fully functional lamp.
More than four hundred artists and art world professionals selected the nominees. And winners are (envelope please)...
■ Artist of the Year | Mary Heilmann
■ Curator of the Year | Connie Butler
■ Exhibition Outside the United States | Jeff Koons, Versailles, Château de Versailles, France
■ Group Show of the Year, Gallery | Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns? Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
■ Group Show of the Year, Museum | The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
■ New Artist of the Year | Ryan Trecartin
■ The Rob Pruitt Award | Cynthia Plaster Caster
■ Solo Show of the Year, Gallery | Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, New York
■ Solo Show of the Year, Museum | Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Modern Art, New York
■ Writer of the Year | Jerry Saltz
■ Lifetime-Achievement | Joan Jonas and Kasper König
[Read More - Winners of Art Awards Announced at Guggenheim Museum Ceremony | Guggenheim.org]