Whitney Museum Announces 2014 Bucksbaum Award Jury

Art Press Release from United States. Published by anonymous on Saturday 12 April 2014.

NEW YORK, April 11, 2014—The Whitney Museum of American Art has tapped a pair of well-respected figures from the art world, Michelle Kuo, the Editor in Chief of Artforum International, and Nancy Spector, the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, to be on the jury for the 2014 Bucksbaum Award.

Since 2000, the Bucksbaum Award has been given every two years in recognition of an artist, chosen from those included in the Whitney Biennial, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent and imagination. In addition to receiving a $100,000 grant, each Bucksbaum laureate is invited to present an exhibition at the Whitney within the succeeding two years.

Ms. Kuo and Ms. Spector will round out a jury that includes the Whitney’s Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director; Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs; Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography; and Jay Sanders Curator and Curator of Performance, as well as the three 2014 Whitney Biennial curators: Michelle Grabner, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Anthony Elms, Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art.

“The Bucksbaum Award was established by Melva Bucksbaum and her family in the spirit of the Museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, to nurture artists and further their work. We are thrilled that Michelle and Nancy will join both Whitney and Biennial curators as we confer one of the art world’s most significant honors,” said Adam D. Weinberg. “Their knowledge and insight into contemporary art will be valuable assets in selecting an honoree from the multitude of worthy Biennial artists.”

The Bucksbaum jury will select the 2014 winner from a field of 103 participants, whose works span practically every area of art, including painting, sculpture, dance, video, film, new media, literature, and performance, among others. As they weigh their decision, the jurors are asked to consider the excellence of the artists’ previous work, their contributions to the current Biennial, and their potential to make a lasting impact on American art.

The Bucksbaum Award will be presented on Wednesday, May 21, at a ceremony at the Whitney, 945 Madison Avenue. This will be the last Award given before the Museum moves to its new downtown building in spring 2015.

Image: Omer Fast. Winner of Bucksbaum Award, 2008.