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Art Journal Award

Established in 2000, the Art Journal Award is presented to the author of the most distinguished contribution—article, interview, conversation, portfolio, review, or any other text or visual project—published in Art Journal during the previous year.

2017 Winner

Amy A. DaPonte,
“Candida Höfer’s Türken in Deutschland as ‘Counter-publicity’,” Art Journal, Winter 2016

Amy A. DaPonte’s “Candida Höfer’s Türken in Deutschland as ‘Counter-publicity’” examines an early work created by Höfer 1972–79.  After World War II and the loss of more than three million German lives, the government launched a foreign labor recruitment program as a “temporary solution.” Millions of Turkish (and other) immigrants entered Germany to live and rebuild its depleted workforce.  As a young photographer Höfer was drawn to guest workers whom she came to know as neighbors in Cologne and Dusseldorf.  With their permission and participation, she photograph them in different settings including shops, parks, eating places, and their homes.  The images have a frank intimacy and authenticity, yet the series is often overlooked or dismissed by writers, scholars, curators, and gallerists—and generally is seen as irrelevant, by the artist herself, to her current photographs of often unoccupied and exceptional architectural and public spaces.

With an interest in alternative formats and issues of representation, the photos were presented as black-and-white prints, color slide shows (a format that exists ambiguously between the single photograph and film), and small books entitled Diaserien that included selections of slides with texts by sociologists and other experts who Höfer engaged as collaborators. DaPonte cites Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge’s concept of a “counter-publicity” which developed in the late 1970s contesting Habermas’s bourgeois public sphere. DaPonte reveals the prescience of Höfer’s early work as an important claim of reciprocal visibility that resonates with contemporary global conditions of labor and guest workers, immigrants, and refugees.

Jury: Patricia C. Phillips, Moore College of Art & Design, chair; Delinda Collier, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

Past Winners

The Art Journal Award was first presented in 2001 to Miwon Kwon for her article “The Wrong Place,” originally written to accompany an exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery. In addition to numerous art historians, the award has also been given to a curator (Nato Thompson, 2005) and an artist (Simon Leung, 2008).

2016 Abigail Satinsky, “Movement Building for Beginners”  Fall 2015)
Jury: Joanna Grabski, Denison University, chair; Patricia Phillips, Rhode Island School of Design; and Judith Rodenbeck, University of California, Riverside

2015 Anna Chave, “Grave Matters: Positioning Carl Andre at Career’s End” (Winter 2014)
Jury: Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University, chair; Joanna Grabski, Denison University; and Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design.

2014 Jeanne Dunning, “Tom Thumb, the New Oedipus” (Winter 2013)
Jury: Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University, chair; Joanna Grabski, Denison University; and Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design

2013 Julia Bryan-Wilson, “Invisible Products” (Summer 2012)
Jury: Caroline A. Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chair; Carol Becker, Columbia University; and Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University

2012 Colby Chamberlain and Triple Canopy, “The Binder and the Server” (Winter 2011)
Jury: Alexander Alberro, Barnard College, chair; Carol Becker, Columbia University; and Caroline A. Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011 Kirsten Swenson, Janet Kraynak, Paul Monty Paret, and Emily Eliza Scott, “Land Use in Contemporary Art” (Winter 2010)
Jury: Ann Gibson, University of Delaware, chair; Carol Becker, Columbia University; and Caroline A. Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010 Joanna Grabski, “Urban Claims and Visual Sources in the Making of Dakar’s Art World City” (Spring 2009)
Jury: Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles, chair; Alexander Alberro, Barnard College; and Ann Gibson, University of Delaware

2009 Richard Meyer, “‘Artists sometimes have feelings’” (Winter 2008)
Jury: Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University, chair; Alexander Alberro, Barnard College; and Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles

2008 Simon Leung, “The Look of Law” (Fall 2007)
Jury: Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University, chair; Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles; and Alexander Alberro, University of Florida

2007 Sean Cubitt, “Grayscale Video and the Shift to Color” (Fall 2006)
Jury: Darby English, University of Chicago, chair; Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University; and Joanna Roche, California State University, Fullerton.

2006 Mark Cheetham, “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, and Now” (Winter 2005)
Jury: Joanna Roche, California State University, Fullerton, chair; Deborah Willis, New York University; Darby English, University of Chicago; and Elizabeth Kotz, University of Minnesota

2005 Nato Thompson, “Strategic Visuality: A Project by Four Artist/Researchers” (Fall 2004)
Committee: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Harvard University, chair; Joanna Roche, California State University, Fullerton; Deborah Willis, New York University; and Darby English, University of Chicago

2004 Jenni Sorkin, “Envisioning High Performance” (Summer 2003)
Committee: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Harvard University, chair; Joanna Roche, California State University, Fullerton; Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Corcoran Gallery of Art; and Deborah Willis, New York University

2003 Rainer Usselmann, “18.Oktober 1977: Gerhard Richter’s Work of Mourning and Its New Audience” (Spring 2002)
Committee: Valerie J. Mercer, Detroit Institute of Arts, chair; Maurice Berger, Vera List Center for Art and Politics; Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Corcoran Gallery of Art; and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Harvard University

2002 Joanna Roche, “Performing Memory in Moon in a Tree: Carolee Schneemann Recollects Joseph Cornell” (Winter 2001)
Committee: Valerie J. Mercer, City College, City University of New York, and independent curator, chair; Maurice Berger, Vera List Center for Art and Politics; Connie Butler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

2001 Miwon Kwon, “The Wrong Place” (Spring 2000)
Committee: Valerie J. Mercer, City College, City University of New York, and independent curator, chair; Maurice Berger, Vera List Center for Art and Politics; Connie Butler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Holland Cotter, New York Times