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 calendar year (2012 for the 2013 award).
Julia Bryan-Wilson’s beautifully written “Invisible Products,” published in the Summer 2012 issue, is a brilliant exemplar of the scholarly art-historical essay. With a depth of research and attentiveness to what the artist (here Ansel Adams) produced and how he produced it, she establishes a firm grounding for larger questions: just what comes into visibility, and what is occluded? Her considerations of a little-known commission by the University of California system fearlessly compares popular production and high art; with considerable acuity Bryan-Wilson connects this material to political and educational debates that are both historically revealing and compellingly timely.
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).
Read a list of all winners of the Art Journal Award from 2001 to the present.
CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2014 Art Journal Award.