Announcing the Global Fine Art Award Finalists, Launching the Youniversal Award

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Twenty-five of the best exhibitions produced around the world during the past year were selected by a prestigious jury of art professionals today as finalists for the five GFAA awards to be revealed on Monday, December, 1 2014 in Miami, FL.

“We are thrilled to learn that Strange Beauty has been selected as a Finalist for a Global Fine Art Award. This is very exciting news…Thank you again and best wishes for a very successful awards! Yours sincerely, Jane “Jane Knowles , Head of Exhibitions,

Highlights from nominees include: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA and Getty Museum in LA; Le Petit Palais in Paris and Louvre-Lens; Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston and Philadelphia Museums of Art; The National Gallery, London and London's Arts Council, the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy and the Brouq Natural Reserve in Qatar.

This award program features some of the most innovative and important exhibitions across the globe, and includes several massive period shows, like “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” and the “Treasures… from the Korean Joseon 500-year Dynasty.”

The GFAA Jury also recognizes many solo-artist shows of the most renowned artists spanning the history of time. Artists whose works are among the finalists range from contemporary artists Vik Muniz, Kara Walker, Xu Bing, Steinnun Thorarinsdottir, Jaume Plensa, David Hockney, Mira Schendel and Robert Indiana, to masters Caravaggio, Canaletto and El Greco.

The Youniversal Award

While the Jury deliberation process continues to choose the winners in each of the five categories, the public will vote for their favorite exhibition on the GFAA website. The Youniversal Award is the sixth and final award in the GFAA program, and will also be unveiled in Miami on December 1, 2014 at the live ceremony event.

Online voting starts today and continues through November 15, 2014. Everyone can vote once a day for their favorite exhibition, from among more than sixty nominees.

The GFAA Finalists

The finalists, their respective museum or organizer, and location - listed by award category, are:

Contemporary and Post War Art
Mira Schendel, Tate Modern, London, England

Aujourd'hui le monde est mort: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Vik Muniz: Closer to the Image, MAC Lima, Peru

Permission to be Global/Practicas Globales: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Museum of Fine Art, Boston

The Essential Robert Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Other Primary Structures, Jewish Museum, NYC

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, de Young/Fine Art Museums, San Francisco

Impressionist and Modern Art
Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment , Petit Palais, Paris, France

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C./Metropolitan Museum, NYC
The Scandalous Art of James Ensor, Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Italian Futurism 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties
Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance, National Gallery, London, England

Caravaggio to Canaletto, The Glory of Italian Baroque and Rococo Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

El Greco's Library, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, Philadelphia Museum of Art/National Museum of Korea, Philadelphia

Ancient Art
The Etruscans and the Mediterranean: the City of Cervetery, Musee du Louvre Lens, Lens France

Pompeii: Life on the Volcano, Kunstalle, Munich, Germany

Lost Kingdoms, Metropolitan Museum, NYC

Public or Outdoor Installation or Exhibition
Uncommon Ground, Arts Council Collection / Southbank Centre, London, England

Rachel Feinstein, Madison Square Park/Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC

Borders by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, Grant Park, Chicago

Kara Walker: A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, Creative Time/Domino Sugar Factory, NYC

Phoenix by Xu Bing, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

Echo by Jaume Plensa, Seattle Art Museum grounds, Seattle

About the GFAA Program:

The GFAA program honors innovation in design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The program will be instrumental to develop interest and passion for fine art, and further its educational role in society.

This award program recognizes and rewards the best fine art exhibitions and installations of the past year (Aug 1, 2013 – Jul 31, 2014). Five awards are juried, and a sixth award, “Youniversal,” is determined by public voting. The program consists of a digital platform, with social media and website (, and a live award ceremony to take place in Miami on Monday, December 1, 2014.

As part of its educational mission, the GFAA program is partnering with a global children’s art charity, the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves children in over 80 countries. The partnership will further promote the shared ideals of art, creativity and peace. A portion of net proceeds will directly benefit the ICAF programs.

The GFAA program assembled the best and brightest professionals with unequaled passion for fine art, to create a dynamic and sustainable program.



Judy Holm, Founder and Co-Producer GFAA
Aspirations Marketing and Public Relations
+1.917.589.0247, judyh(at)aspirationspr(dot)com

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