The Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Award* Nominees (Mostly) Announced!

by Art Fag City on February 6, 2012 · 6 comments AFCRPAAaA*

Find out what it’s like to be an Art Fag. We spend our days talking about our favorite genitals in the art world, and we want you to do the same! In that spirit, we’ve left one name blank for each Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Award, and we’re inviting our readers to nominate the final entrant. The final winner will be decided by our esteemed panel of judges, William PowhidaJen Dalton, and Anton Vidokle, and announced at the inaugural Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Awards and Auction* this February 23rd. Buy your tickets now!

Today, we release the names we came up with. Let us know what we got right, and let us know what we got wrong. We’ll be sending out nominating instructions for the Reader’s Choice nominees to our mailing list this Friday, so don’t risk missing it – sign up for the mailer today.

The official list of nominees for the Art Fag City Rob Pruitt* Art Awards:

Most Powerful Person in the Art World (by Bench Press)

Most Art Power rankings are useless, subjective circlejerks. This one means something.

Jason Andrew Marina Abramovic

Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Jason Andrew

Marina Abramovic


Last year’s champion returns, but questions about his conditioning abound.

The runner-up last year, Andrew has hit the gym hard in the interim. Will it be enough?

A strange woman of steel from beyond the iron curtain; can her pistons and oil defeat flesh and blood?

Is there anyone in the art world more physically intimidating than these three? Sign up for the newsletter and let us know.


Best Genitals

The Rob Pruitt Award for Best Genitals highlights artists who have exhibited extraordinary special parts over the past year. Entrants are judged on a mixture of attractiveness, material resonance, and deftness of presentation.

Linda Benglis - Smile mystery-penis

Elisa Lendvay

Lynda Benglis

Lisa Yuskavage


A strong showing from the rookie. This work, in the current group show at KANSAS, manages to fit in a ballsack, a vagina, and a dick-shaped silhouette, all at once. It’s also made out of wood. Wood. Heh.

Smile (1974) has a quality that makes it very rare as a work of art. This quality is that it is a double dildo.

The all-time champion of (literally) fantastically appealing women. Her solo show this year did wonders for her critical perception, but was light on vag. Can she finally be dethroned?

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Editor’s Note: Please do not send us pictures of your dick.


The Next Great Jerry

The Rob Pruitt Award for Best Jerry must go to the art critic or cultural commentator who best exemplifies the qualities of Saltzhood: talent, populism, baldness, and excessive friendliness. 

Martha Schwendener Hennessy Youngman

Ben Davis

Martha Schwendener

Hennessy Youngman


Very populist and very bald, Davis’s is one of the most clear and distinctive voices online today. 

His fault? Loneliness. A true Jerry is a lover, not a fighter, and Davis is still searching for his Roberta.

As a writer for the Village Voice, Schwendener holds the most Jerry position of all. Supremely talented and questionably friendly; not, however, bald. 

AKA the Pharaoh Hennessy, Henroq Allah, Henrack Obama, and The Pedagogic Prince.

Still rough from the streets/UPenn, Youngman is a long shot. Can his passion and talent make up for his youth? 

Do you have what it takes to be the Next Great Jerry?

Do you know someone who does?

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Best Franco

The Rob Pruitt Award for Best Franco honors the art world personages who were everywhere, for no apparent reason. Entrants are judged on a combination of visibility, distinctiveness, and inexplicability. 

Bill Powers Einstein Guy Andrew Andrew

Bill Powers

Einstein Guy

Andrew Andrew


The Lord of the Art Bros seems like he’s everywhere, which just might be the case. 

Many points for distinctiveness; unfortunately, has clear motives for being at art events.

Some say he used to be an artist; some say they heard he collects. Whatever the story, Sim Tomer is a Chelsea opening fixture, an inveterate thing-attendee with no clear origin, purpose, or employment.

Built a small empire out of being two guys who dress the same. As DJs and MCs, normally they’re where you are for professional reasons.

We saw a picture of their closet once, and it was perfectly sorted into matched pairs of everything. True story.

Do we know you? Do we not know why? You might be a Franco.

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Best Procrastinator

Art creates a world where one can do anything; the Rob Pruitt Award for Best Procrastinator highlights those who choose to do nothing. “Nothing”, of course, loosely defined: Facebook is nothing, Twitter is nothing, putting on horse costumes with Emmanuel Perrotin is definitely nothing. 

Adam Lindemann

Todd Levin

Elisa Pritzker


A collector and sometime author, the self-promotional Lindemann has expended serious effort letting us know he plays all day.

Nobody remembers what he’s supposed to be doing, anyway.

A highly-regarded art adviser known for his “photographic” memory, beloved of both HowsMyDealing and Facebook.

Special ability: willingness to respond to any comment, no matter how trivial.

Lindemann and Levin’s procrastination stands out because of their wealth; Pritzker’s, because of her doggedness.  

She’s a ubiquitous presence online, and she got there by talking. To everybody. About everything.

Have we missed a Facebook superstar? Is Dan Cameron back on Farmville? (Truth)

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Remember, the only way to vote for the fourth nominee is to sign up for our newsletter. Inside this week’s newsletter, you'll receive instructions on how to vote for the nominee, but be quick – you can only vote this weekend!

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yustas k. gottlieb February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

great categories! 

Elisapritzker February 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Ha! ~Thank you guys (a nomination is a nomination, right? Even if I get misspelled my name || Elisa with S, if you want to know)

andrew February 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

It’s Lynda Benglis, not Linda….

Will Brand February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Whoops, thanks!

MagdaSawon February 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Oh I feel at home. Everybody misspells everything!!!

Laird Hamilton February 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

did you study at OCAD or something??

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