FairsAwards 13-12-2016

December 13 | BelgianArtPrize announces 2017 finalists

As all leading international art fairs have had their 2016 run, next year’s calendar begins to take shape as the first 2017 events release their list of exhibitors and the first prizes announce their finalists.

A new focus for the BelgianArtPrize

The BelgianArtPrize — formerly The Young Belgian Art Prize — has announced today both its change in name and its change in focus.

The biennial art prize, organized since 1950 by non-profit organization La Jeune Peinture Belge, has abolished its age limit of 35 and changed its selection procedure: from now on, candidates won’t have to submit a dossier, but will be nominated by a pool of experts. In line with its international shift, the award will also be open to non-Belgian artists having lived in Belgium for at least a year. Lastly, other than the €25,000 Crowet Prize, ING, a structural partner since 2009, will award the ING Public Prize (€10,000) starting in 2017.

The 2017 finalists are: Edith Dekyndt, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Otobong Nkanga and Maarten Vanden Eynde. The winner will be announced during the award ceremony, taking place on April 19 in the Centre for Fine Arts’ Horta Hall. More via the BelgianArtPrize’s official website.


A change of directorship for Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced that Philip Rylands, director of Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection and acting as director of the Guggenheim Foundation for Italy, will resign from his post in June next year.

Rylands was widely credited for transforming the collector’s palazzo on the Grand Canal into one of Italy’s most visited museums. In the coming months, the collection will begin searching for a new director. The Art Newspaper has more information.



Independent New York — taking place from March 2-5, 2017 at Spring Studios in Tribeca — has revealed the list of exhibitors for its eighth edition.

Among the 45 international exhibitors are: Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles); Lehmann Maupin (New York); Carlos/Ishikawa (London); JTT (New York); and Tanya Leighton (Berlin). The full list of participating galleries and nonprofit spaces is available via ARTnews.


Art Brussels has also announced its 2017 exhibitors list. For its 35th edition, running from April 20 through 23, the Belgian fairs will welcome an impressive 142 galleries, across its main, Discovery, Solo, and Rediscovery sections.  Among the 33 newcomers are David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles); Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore); Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City); Gallery Baton (Seoul); and Skopia Art Contemporain (Genève).

Among the returning galleries are Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana); Almine Rech Gallery (Paris, Brussels, London, New York); Galerie Lelong (Paris, New York); and KOW (Berlin). artnet news.

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