Purple Diary

[November 2 2009]

The Rob Pruitt Art Awards 2009

Rob Pruitt’s First Annual Art Awards were held Thursday night at the Guggenheim Museum. The event was conceived by Priutt as a performance based artwork, but also served as a benefit for the Guggenheim Museum, White Columns, and Studio in a School. The ceremony was hosted by the hysterical Delusional Downtown Divas with Glenn O’Brien as the announcer. Presenters included Cecily Brown, Francisco Costa, Jeffrey Deitch, James Franco, Knight Landesman, Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore, Nancy Spector, Nate Lowman, Jane Rosenblum and Allison Gingeras among others. The results qre :

Artist of the Year
: Mary Heilmann
Curator of the Year
: Connie Butler
Exhibition Outside the United States: Jeff Koons, Château de Versailles, France

Group Show of the Year, Gallery: Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

Group Show of the Year, Museum
: The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Calvin Klein Collection New Artist of the Year Award: Ryan Trecartin
The Rob Pruitt Award: Cynthia Plaster Caster
Solo Show of the Year, Gallery: Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Solo Show of the Year, Museum: Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Modern Art, New York

Writer of the Year: Jerry Saltz

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