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.
Over a career spanning some sixty years, John Berger has considered the visual image from the point of view of a painter, an art critic, a filmmaker, a novelist, a poet, and a human being, with the act of writing as central and significant to his many endeavors. His interdisciplinary approach has allowed him to expand exposition and argument into a more episodic, often lyrical form of writing that juxtaposes imagery—both photographic and drawn—with language that is clear, rooted in acute observation, and personal and passionate. Throughout his career Berger has invested himself in the idea of looking, of seeing past convention and rhetoric, to find a truth that resonates both historically and in the present, and to find words that in their analytical and storytelling cogency refuse subservience to the power of images. Radical in his politics, he has always stressed that art and writing are about relationships, that in their workings they illuminate how we connect with one another and with the world.
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, Mieke Bal.
Read a list of all winners of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art from 2003 to the present.
CAA will begin accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art later this spring.