Francis J. Greenburger Awards


About the Francis J. Greenburger Awards

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.

2015 Winners + Presenters

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.

Click here to download the 2015 Francis J. Greenburger Awards catalogue.

The 2015 winners are:


Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Polilla renacentista (Renaissance Termite), 2008Wood, wicker, ropes, metal and soundtrack in collaboration with Fabian Wilkins22 x 12 x 3 feet
Courtesy of the artist

Charles Juhász-Alvarado (selected by Ursula von Rydingsvard)
grew up between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art at Yale University. He currently resides in Puerto Rico, and is a professor of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Artes Plásticas). His work investigates, through craft, the diverse socio-cultural influences, frequently alluding to his own heterogeneous background and the historical and political conditions of the geographic and imaginary spaces that shape his relationships. Through written narrative, performance, audio, sculpture and collaboration, his projects seek to actively integrate the public within a realm of open fiction.


Steve Wolfe, Untitled (The Beatles), 1992-1994, Oil, enamel, lithography, modeling paste on two boards, 20 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches (overall)
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Steve Wolfe (selected by Roland J. Augustine)
re-creates worn books and used records, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, that have influenced his own personal and artistic sensibilities. Working in the tradition of trompe l'oeil, Wolfe creates pieces that quite literally "fool the eye" on first inspection. These tattered books and worn LPs are tangible manifestations of a fertile moment in American intellectual history. Wolfe's faithful reconstructions evoke an unexpected play between humble self-effacement and culture's powerful capacity to have impact on one's existence. Steve Wolfe's work has been collected by numerous prominent public and private collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Menil Collection, Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2009 he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which traveled to the Menil Collection, Houston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Alison Knowles, Alike as Two Peas in a Pod, 2011, 28-1/2 x 32-3/4 x 3 inches
Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes

Alison Knowles (selected by Claire Bishop)
is a Fluxus artist who works across media, including performance and experimental book art. In 1966, Knowles' The House of Dust, part of James Tenney's mainframe computer work in chance based, or aleatory, art was recognized at the time as the first computer poem on record, and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968. Residencies include Berlin DAAD (1983), guest professor at Documenta X in Kassel, Germany (1997), and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2009). Knowles work has been in shown in major exhibitions at the Tate Museum, London (1968), the Guggenheim, New York (2009), MoMA, New York (2011), and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014). In May 2011, Knowles was invited to appear at The White House in An Evening of Poetry. She is represented by James Fuentes at 55 Delancey Street.


Suchan Kinoshita, TOKOKOMA, 2012Various materialsLiege, a collaboration with Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Eran Schaerf, Olivier Foulon, Walter Swennen, Kris Kimpe, Joerg Franzbecker
Courtesy of the artist

Suchan Kinoshita (selected by Oliver Kruse) was born in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to Germany to study music in Cologne. She participated in Theater am Marienplatz (TAM) in Krefeld Fischeln from 1983 to 1989. She performed in pieces by composers including Carola Bauckholt, Mauricio Kagel, Dierter Schnebel, Gerhard Rühm, and developed her own works. She then pursued postgraduate study at the Jan van Eyck Academie from 1988-90. Kinoshita won the Prix de Rome in 1993 and was selected for the PS1 Studio Program in New York from 1993-94. Her visual art has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Suchan Kinoshita: In 10 Minuten at the Ludwig Museum, 2010; Eerste Huwelijk - Tweede Huwelijk [First Marriage, Second Marriage], M HKA Ensembles, Antwerp, 2002; and this is the show and the show is many things, S.M.A.K., Gent, 1995. She has been teaching at the Art Academy in Münster, Germany since 2006.


Malcolm Morley, Rat Tat Tat, 2001oil on linen94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkCourtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

Malcolm Morley (selected by Andy and Christine Hall) is a painter who has been acknowledged as one of the earliest innovators of "super-realism," which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. Over the course of his distinguished career, Morley has defied stylistic characterization, moving by turns through so-called abstract, realist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences. He has exhibited across Europe and North America since 1964. His first retrospective, organized in 1983 by the Whitechapel Art Gallery, travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1984 he was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize. He also received the Painting Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1992, and has been inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recent exhibitions include "Malcolm Morley in a Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting 1954-2012" at the Yale School of Art (2012), an exhibition exploring the role of paper in Morley's art-making process at the Parrish Art Museum (2012-13), and an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (2013-14).

The 2015 presenters are:

Ursula von Rydingsvard creates massive, abstract sculptures resemble wooden bowls, tools, and walls, echoing the artist's family heritage in pre-industrial Poland before World War II. Von Rydingsvard has received many awards, including a Joan Mitchell Award (1997); an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994); fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1986); and exhibition prizes from the International Association of Art Critics (1992, 2000). Major solo exhibitions include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England (2014), Galerie Lelong, New York, NY (2014), SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2013), Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2011), Madison Square Park, New York (2006); Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, State University of New York (2002); and Storm King Art Center (1992), among many others.

Roland J. Augustine co-founded Luhring Augustine Gallery with Lawrence R. Luhring in 1985. The gallery, now located on 24th Street in Chelsea with an additional exhibition space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, represents an international group of contemporary artists and also specializes in the resale of historical works, from art of the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Augustine currently serves on the board of several businesses, foundations, and humanitarian organizations including Bard College, AXA Art Insurance, and the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation.

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic. She currently teaches Contemporary Art at the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to this, she taught at Warwick University (UK) and the Royal College of Art, London. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and has had numerous books published. In addition to her criticism and scholarly work, she has curated exhibitions of art.

Oliver Kruse is the chairman of the board of the Insel Hombroich Museum in Neiss, Germany. He is a professor at the Peter Behren School of Architecture, Dusseldorf, and has been a member of the board of Architecture Omi since 2009. He also maintains an artistic practice, working in sculpture, drawing, and video, which he has been exhibiting since 1993.

Andy and Christine Hall have been collectors of contemporary art since the 1980's. Together, in 2007 they founded the Hall Art Foundation, which makes postwar and contemporary art works from its own collection and that of the Halls available for the enjoyment and education of the public.

2013 Winners + Presenters

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.

Peter Saul, Shark in My Bathtub, 2011-2012. Copyright the artist, courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, NY.

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.

Jonas Mekas, To New York With Love, 2009. Copyright the artist, courtesy James Fuentes.

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

Past Award Winners + Presenters

Past Presenters/Recipients

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

Presenter/ Recipient
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

Event Details + RSVP

Tuesday, April 21, 6 PM
The New Museum
235 Bowery
New York NY


immediately following the ceremony
White Street
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

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.
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