photo by Rüdi Habegger

published 10.18.2017

Onassis Cultural Center New York Nominated for Global Fine Art Awards

The prestigious Global Fine Art Awards nominated the Onassis Cultural Center New York on October 17, 2017 for the exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD in the Ancient Art category. The Onassis Cultural Center New York is one of seven nominees within the category. The other nominees include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée du Louvre, Acropolis Museum, Asia Society Museum, Asian Art Museum, and Drents Museum.

Below is the GFAA press release. Click here for a full list of nominees in all categories.

The exceptional works of all 85 Nominees demonstrate the quintessential societal role of art – from every civilization in the world, from the beginning of time through today. We are particularly proud to announce our two new awards, Global Planet and Global Humanity-whose Nominees are superb representations of efforts around the world to educate the public about the critical need for conservation of our planet and human benevolence.

The GFAA program recognizes sweeping period-themed exhibitions, shows with innovative perspectives of traditional subjects, and other exhibitions and public installations of individual artists or groups of artists’ works featuring works by timeless masters, from Raphael and Rodin, to Mondrian and Monet, as well as some of the most important artists living today.

The program expanded this year to include two new awards – Global Planet and Global Humanity, whose Nominees include individual artists, as well as institutional initiatives shedding light on conservation and social issues respectively.

Nominees include exhibitions from many prominent museums across the globe: the British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London; Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and Le Grand Palais in France; Palazzo Strozzi in Florence; Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; Museo Nacional del Prado, Guggenheim Bilbao and Reina Sofia in Spain; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C.; San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Legion of Honor and Asian Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The 2017 Nominees with works by living artists include Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, David Hockney, Jaume Plensa, Andy Goldsworthy, Tomás Saraceno, Shirin Neshat, Dia al-Azzawi, Slater Bradley, Li Chen, William Eggleston and Ai Weiwei.

Geographic, scale, ethnic and gender diversity are essential considerations in the research and nominating process.  The 85 Nominees this year represent works from 6 continents, 28 countries and 60 cities – from Beijing to Boston, from Melbourne to Montréal. Nineteen percent (19%) of this year’s Nominees are created by or are about Asian and Middle Eastern art and artists. One of the most prominent awards – Best Contemporary and Post-War Art, features women in 3 of the 8 Nominees.  Almost two-thirds of the Nominees emanate from smaller institutions and private initiatives, and the remaining 37% of the GFAA Nominees are from the top 100 art museums visited in the world (The Art Newspaper, April 2015).

The culmination of the year-long process to discover the best curated art and design exhibitions will be on Thursday, March 8, 2018 with the celebration of all Nominees and the presentation of the Winners of the 2017 Global Fine Art Awards. The black-tie gala will take place at the historic 583 Park Avenue in New York City.

The GFAA Judges will select winners in the following 13 award categories: Contemporary and Post-War- solo artist; Contemporary and Post-War- group or theme; Impressionist and Modern- solo artist; Impressionist and Modern- group or theme; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties- solo artist; Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties- group or theme; Ancient Art; Photography; Design; Fringe; Public Art, and the two new awards – Global Planet and Global Humanity. Youniversal, and YOU-2 are the two final awards, are given to the most popular nominees, and are selected by public voting on the GFAA website and social media. GFAA Finalists will be announced in January 2018, with the launch of the YOUNIVERSAL Award.