Rob Pruitt Awards Announced: Paddy Johnson Lands Critic of The Year Nomination

by Paddy Johnson on November 17, 2010 · 12 comments Newswire

Glenn O'Brian and Rob Pruitt

Looks like the Guggenheim will be granting me the press pass they denied me last year to the Rob Pruitt Art Awards. I’m a nominee in the “blogger or critic of the year” category.

I’m totally flattered of course, though I have to wonder how I landed that list and the New York Times Roberta Smith did not. Not enough Work of Art coverage in the Times perhaps?

Anyway, as a critic I have opinions about the categories and nominees, but I’ll be keeping my commentary to a minimum this year for obvious reasons. I now have to focus on more pressing problems, like finding an appropriate dress for an event I’d never be able to afford otherwise. Initially I was hoping an AFC call out to Zac Posen might entice him to hook me up, but as c-monster’s Carolina Miranda reminded me over email yesterday, Nick Cave has some very fetching soundsuits. As long as I don’t end up wearing Kembra Pfahler’s body paint I guess I’ll be okay.

Alternative Space of the Year
179 Canal, New York
Artists Space, New York
Cleopatra's, Brooklyn, New York
Light Industry, Brooklyn, New York

Alternative Project of the Year –
Apartment Show, various locations, New York
edia Int’l Group, Foundation Barbin, New York
Jennifer Rubell, Creation, Performa 09, New York

Artist of the Year
Marina Abramovic
John Baldessari
Louise Bourgeois
Trisha Donnelly

Blogger or Critic of the Year
Howard Halle
Paddy Johnson
Jerry Saltz
Linda Yablonsky

Curator of the Year
Massimiliano Gioni
Laura Hoptman
Chrissie Iles
Neville Wakefield

Exhibition outside the United States
John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, Tate Modern, London
Rosemarie Trockel: Deliquescence of the Mother, Kunsthalle Zürich
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail, Schaulager, Basel

Group Show of the Year, Gallery
Lush Life, various locations, New York
Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960—1970, David Zwirner, New York
Your History Is Not Our History: New York in the 1980s, Haunch of Venison, New York

Group Show of the Year, Museum
At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960—1976, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

New Artist of the Year
Michele Abeles
Tauba Auerbach
Liz Magic Laser
Ryan McNamara

The Rob Pruitt Award
To be announced the evening of December 8, 2010

Solo Show of the Year, Gallery
Claude Monet: Late Work, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Gelitin: Blind Sculpture, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Jonathan Horowitz: Go Vegan! Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York
Trisha Donnelly, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

Solo Show of the Year, Museum
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Otto Dix, Neue Galerie, New York
Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Marina Abromovic takes this one. Just a guess.


Mriver November 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Sean November 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Paddy, I would pay money to watch you roll up to the Gugg in a Soundsuit!

Speaking of outfits: Glenn, Rob…I don’t know about those tuxes…

AlanLupiani November 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

this smells like the academy awards…hmmm. Suspicious.

Brian J. Hettler November 18, 2010 at 6:23 am

as someone who has performed in one of Cave’s sound suits…work out for a bit before poppin one on. The one i wore was about 80 lbs! It would be quite fetching though. lol

Anonymous November 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I think I understand the nomination. They nominated you so you to avoid your blograth. Brilliant! Oh and please wear the soundsuit with the abacus. November 19, 2010 at 2:07 am

Congratulations! If that is, in fact, the right word.

Aplupiani November 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Paddy, I forgot to congratulate you. Congrats! Would be cool if their was internet voting for this thing. You deserve best blogger of the year. Hope you win it.

MATTHEW ROSE November 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Perhaps a call out to artists to design a dress for you would be in order. An artwork instead of some kind of celebrity skin might be more fitting for a Rob Pruitt event?

Christwomey November 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

Very interesting… It’s always gratifying to be acknowledged, in any case. Focus on the outfit ~ Be Fresh ~ Congratulations!
Chris Twomey

Cecilia Dougherty December 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

what does this awrd have to do with art? artists and artspaces and curators competing! seems like incredible bullshit.

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