The Francis J. Greenburger Award is an unrestricted $12,500 prize that honors established artists whom the art world knows to be of extraordinary merit but who have not been fully recognized by the public. Francis J. Greenburger, the Founder and Chairman of Omi International Arts Center, has invited a renowned artist, gallerist, writer, museum professional and collector to each select one recipient whom they believe to fulfill the mission of the award. The awards, totaling $62,500, will be presented in New York City on April 21, 2015 at 6 PM during a ceremony at the New Museum, preceding a celebratory dinner.
The 2015 distinguished group of artists and presenters includes: Charles Juhász-Alvarado selected by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, Steve Wolfe selected by gallerist Roland Augustine, Alison Knowles selected by art historian Claire Bishop, Suchan Kinoshita selected by Oliver Kruse of Stiftung Insel Hombroich in Neuss, Germany, and Malcolm Morley selected by collectors and patrons Christine and Andy Hall.
"This year's list of winners is extraordinary and offers a diverse look into what is going on in the contemporary art world today. We started these awards almost 30 years ago and have been inspired to continue them over the years to help today's new generation of gifted artists fuel their creativity and gain the recognition they deserve," said Francis J. Greenburger, Founder of Omi International Arts Center and Chairman of Time Equities Inc.
Mr. Greenburger established the awards in 1986 after a conversation with his friends, André Emmerich and Clement Greenburg during which André said, "The best and brightest artist of each generation are known, but not to everyone. Ask the inner circle and they can tell you." This statement is the inspiration and founding principle of the Francis J. Greenburger Awards.
The Francis J. Greenburger Award invites a renowned artist, gallerist, writer, museum professional and collector to each select one recipient whom they believe to fulfill the mission of the award.
Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Polilla renacentista (Renaissance Termite), 2008, Wood, wicker, ropes, metal and soundtrack in collaboration with Fabian Wilkins, 22 x 12 x 3 feet
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (The Beatles), 1992-1994, Oil, enamel, lithography, modeling paste on two boards, 20 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches (overall)
Alison Knowles, Alike as Two Peas in a Pod, 2011, 28-1/2 x 32-3/4 x 3 inches
Suchan Kinoshita, TOKOKOMA, 2012, Various materials, Liege, a collaboration with Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Eran Schaerf, Olivier Foulon, Walter Swennen, Kris Kimpe, Joerg Franzbecker
Malcolm Morley, Rat Tat Tat, 2001, oil on linen, 94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
Bruce Porter's work addresses epic and mythological themes and juxtaposes them with pop and cartoon elements. Porter's work has been included in exhibitions at prestigious museums across the country such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum, New York; the San Diego Museum, California; the Gyeongnam Art Museum, South Korea, as well as prestigious galleries, including the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Marian Goodman, Leo Castelli and Tibor de Nagy.
Frank Stella is a legendary American artist known for his paintings on shaped canvases from the 1960s and '70s, paintings on metal from the '80s, and more recent sculpture and public projects. In 1970, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at MoMA. In 2009, Stella was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Currently, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany is exhibiting a major retrospective of his work.
Bruce Porter, The Hamadryades, 2010. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sundram Tagore Gallery, NY.
Peter Saul is a figurative painter whose work is connected to, among other references, Pop Art, Surrealism and Expressionism. His brightly colored work was recently the subject of a two-person show at Mary Boone gallery and is in many museum collections and has been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in both 1979 and 1985. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010.
Mary Boone is the owner of Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, a prominent gallery founded in 1977 that focuses on the work of innovative young artists, important established artists and influential historical exhibitions.
Jonas Mekas is a filmmaker, writer, artist and curator who is largely credited with developing the diaristic (diary-like) form of cinema. Mekas founded Film Culture magazine, wrote the legendary Movie Journal column in the Village Voice, founded the Film-Makers' Cooperative and the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives. Among many other important events, Mekas represented Lithuania at the 2005 Venice Biennale and recently had a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator (curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 2007 - 2010) as well as the Co-Founder, Editor and Publisher of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail.
Richard Nonas is a sculptor who was trained as an anthropologist. His minimalist objects and large-scale site-responsive interventions redefine the spaces of their exhibition by highlighting tensions, encouraging dialogue, and concentrating the power of the space. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. His work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at James Fuentes gallery in March.
Joe Thompson is the founding director of MASS MoCA. He has spearheaded its development into the largest center for contemporary and performing arts in the United States.
Richard Nonas, Edge-Stones: Wiere and the Middle Mountains, 2011. Copyright and courtesy the artist.
Elaine Reichek is a conceptual artist who has been using thread as a core element in her work since the early 1970s, at first with minimalist line paintings made with thread on canvas, and more recently with embroidery and new-media works. Her work is exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She was awarded an Art Matters Foundation grant in 2012, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2011, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and a Tiffany Foundation Award in 1993.
Melva Bucksbaum is a devoted patron of the arts who sits on numerous museum boards and manages the Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, and is currently a Director of the Robert I. Goldman Foundation. In 2000, Melva and her children inaugurated the Bucksbaum Award, which is given to an artist of distinction and promise selected from those artists represented in the Whitney Biennial.
Elaine Reichek, Who Besides Me, 2010. Copyright the artist, courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun, NY and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Guido Reni Elaine Reichek
Bacchus and Ariadne
Who besides me knows what Ariadne is! — For all such riddles nobody so far had any solution; I doubt that anybody even saw any riddles here.
— Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Ecce Homo
Frank Stella/ Bruce Porter
Mary Boone/ Peter Saul
Phong Bui/ Jonas Mekas
Joe Thompson/ Richard Nonas
Melva Bucksbaum/ Elaine Reichek
Brice Marden / Mel Kendrick
Rhona Hoffman / Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Kim Levin / Sturtevant
Tom Healy / Joan Jonas
Carol & Arthur Goldberg / Helen Levitt
Pat Steir / Stephen Mueller
Betty Cuningham / John Lees
Walter Robinson / James Romberger
Lisa Phillips / Bruce Conner
Don and Mera Rubell / George Condo
Leon Golub / Kazuko Miyamoto
Barbara Gladstone / Robert Bechtle
Michael Brenson / Dorothea Rockburne
Ann Philbin / Lee Bontecou
Martin Z. Margulies / Joe Zucker
Chuck Close / Mark Greenwold
John Weber / Sven Lukin
Lilly Wei / Nancy Haynes
Bonnie Clearwater / Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
Werner H. Kramarsky / Albert York
George Segal / Gary Kuehn
Richard Gray / Magdalena Abakanowicz
Werner Schmalenbach / Hubertus Gojowczyk
Agnes Gund / Winifred Lutz
Anthony Caro / Lawrence Poons
Paula Cooper / Julian Lethbridge
Pierro Schneider / Michael Haas
Earl A. Powell III / Emerson Woelffer
Patsy and Raymond Nasher / Martin Puryear
Helen Frankenthaler / André Fauteux
Leo Castelli / Nassos Daphnis
Hilton Kramer / Julius Hatofsky
William S. Lieberman / Loren MacIver
Charles Benenson / Luis Jimenez
Robert Motherwell / Anthony Terenzi
André Emmerich / Willard Boepple
Clement Greenberg / Darby Bannard
Thomas Messer / Rosemarie Koczy
Eloise Spaeth / John Register
Tuesday, April 21, 6 PM
The New Museum
New York NY
immediately following the ceremony
221 West Broadway
New York NY
The Awards Ceremony at the New Museum is free + open to the public.
To RSVP for the event only, please e-mail your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
An After-Ceremony Dinner at White Street will be held immediately following the event.
White Street is located at 221 West Broadway in New York City.
Tickets for dinner are sold out!