Artist Rob Pruitt has organised to present The First Annual Art Award which will showcase tonight at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in association with White Columns. The Art Awards select individuals, exhibitions, and projects that have made a significant impact on contemporary art during the past year. Nominees inside eleven categories were determined by a council of more than four hundred artists and art world professionals. Presenters including Cecily Brown, Sofia Coppola, Knight Landesman, Nate Lowman, and Mary-Kate Olsen will announce winners at an awards ceremony. See nominees below.


Artist of the Year
Louise Bourgeois
Urs Fischer
Dan Graham
Mary Heilmann

Curator of the Year
Klaus Biesenbach
Daniel Birnbaum
Connie Butler
Massimiliano Gioni

Exhibition Outside the United States
Francis Bacon, Tate Britain, London
Jeff Koons Versailles, Château de Versailles, Versailles
Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards: 1995–2008, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Group Show of the Year, Gallery
“A Twilight Art,” Harris Lieberman, New York
“Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
“Your Gold Teeth II,” Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
“ZERO in New York,” Sperone Westwater, New York

Group Show of the Year, Museum
“After Nature,” New Museum, New York
“The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“The Quick and the Dead,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
“WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution,” P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York

New Artist of the Year
Elad Lassry
Daniel McDonald
Marlo Pascual
Ryan Trecartin

The Rob Pruitt Award
To be announced the evening of Oct. 29

Solo Show of the Year, Gallery
Cindy Sherman, Metro Pictures, New York
Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Paul Sharits, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Picasso: Mosqueteros, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Solo Show of the Year, Museum
“Dan Graham: Beyond,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Lawrence Weiner: As Far as the Eye Can See,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,” New Museum, New York
“Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Writer of the Year
Tim Griffin
John Kelsey
Walter Robinson
Jerry Saltz

Images and Nominees list from SupremeManagement