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Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art

The Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art, established in 2003, celebrates the career of an author of note and includes art criticism, art history, art biography, and/or art theory. The award is presented to an author who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to his or her work throughout a long career and has had an impact, nationally and internationally, on the field.

2018 WINNER

Joseph Masheck

Internationally recognized for his truly original approach to modernism, Joseph Masheck has devoted his five-decade-long career to the study of modern art and architecture by rethinking cross-disciplinary concepts in the field. Author of numerous monographs, exhibition catalogues, and critical and theoretical essays on art, his intellectual scope encompasses works by Adolf Loos, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Marcel Duchamp, Ad Reinhardt, Jasper Johns, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Smithson, Maureen Connor, and the Starn twins. Regarding his 2013 monograph Adolf Loos: The Art of Architecture, one scholar noted that he “convincingly situates Loos as a key figure crossing over nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernism,” and “keeps in view Loos’s original context,” which included Wittgenstein and Le Corbusier. In his 1976 essay “Carpet Paradigm: Prolegomena to a Theory of Flatness,” Masheck addresses the “fear that modern works of art might be confused with ‘mere’ decoration once they began to approach abstraction”; he reevaluated modernist rhetorics of abstract form and artists who relied on repetition, seriality, and recurring designs in their embrace of avant-garde surface structures. A colleague in the field writes that Masheck “demonstrates what Clement Greenberg’s insistence on an integral flatness owed to a deep and rich tradition that both celebrated and disavowed the ‘carpet paradigm.’” Masheck’s groundbreaking essay was republished in The Carpet Paradigm: Integral Flatness from Decorative to Fine Art in 2010. Konsthistorisk tidskrift / Journal of Art History (Stockholm) honored his contribution to the studies of modernism in a special issue entitled “Reconsidering the Carpet Paradigm” in 2017. The Carpet Paradigm was translated into French in 2011 and Chinese in 2014.

Serving as editor-in-chief of Artforum from 1977 to 1980, Masheck ensured that the magazine brought attention to more women artists and artists of color. Since 2004, he has served as consulting editor for the Brooklyn Rail. He was awarded fellowships from the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Malevich Society, National Endowment for the Arts, and was the Centenary Fellow of Edinburgh College of Art.

Jury: Jelena Bogdanović, Iowa State University, chair; Anna Novakov, St. Mary’s College of California; and Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, University of Louisville.

PAST WINNERS

Although the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art was established fairly recently, the award juries have honored the writing careers of notable luminaries in the field, including Hans Belting, Oleg Grabar, Georges Didi-Huberman, and, most recently, John Berger.

2017 This award was not given in 2017.
Jury: Ellen T. Birrell, California Institute of the Arts and X-TRA, chair; Jelena Bogdanović, Iowa State University; and Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, University of Louisville.

2016 Rosalind E. Krauss
Jury: Michael Brenson, Independent Scholar, chair; Ellen T. Birrell, California Institute of the Arts and X-TRA; and Rebecca Zorach, University of Chicago

2015 Lucy R. Lippard
Jury: Michael Brenson, independent scholar, chair; Ellen T. Birrell, California Institute of the Arts; and Rebecca Zorach, University of Chicago.

2014 John Berger
Jury: Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts, chair; Michael Brenson, independent scholar; and Rebecca Zorach, University of Chicago

2013 T. J. Clark
Jury: Catherine Soussloff, University of British Columbia, chair; Lane Relyea, Northwestern University; and Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts

2012 Allan Sekula
Jury: Catherine Soussloff, University of British Columbia, chair; Lane Relyea, Northwestern University; and Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts

2011 Mieke Bal
Jury: Keith Moxey, Barnard College, Columbia University, chair; Lane Relyea, Northwestern University; and Catherine Soussloff, University of British Columbia

2010 Holland Cotter
Jury: Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design, chair; S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University; and Keith Moxey, Barnard College, Columbia University

2009 Georges Didi-Huberman
Jury: Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design, chair; S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University; and Keith Moxey, Barnard College, Columbia University

2008 Robert L. Herbert
Jury: John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa, chair; S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University; and Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design

2007 James Cahill
Jury: John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa, chair; Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania; and Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University

2006 Linda Nochlin
Jury: Katherine Manthorne, Graduate Center, City University of New York, chair; Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University Art Museums; John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa; and Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania

2005 Oleg Grabar
Committee: Katherine Manthorne, Graduate Center, City University of New York, chair; Terrie F. Sultan, Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston; Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania; John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa; and Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University

2004 Hans Belting
Committee: Jonathan Fineberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, chair; Katherine Manthorne, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Katy Siegel, Hunter College, City University of New York; and Terrie Sultan, University of Houston

2003 Robert Farris Thompson
Committee: Jonathan Fineberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, chair; Janet Kaplan, Moore College of Art and Design; Katy Siegel, Hunter College, City University of New York; Kenneth E. Silver, New York University; and Terrie Sultan, University of Houston