We couldn’t pick them all—but it was so difficult deciding upon the winners of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize that we wanted to bring to your attention to nine other exhibitions that were closely considered by our jury. We encourage those of you looking for a cultural cause worthy of your patronage to donate to them: we believe each of these shows has the ability to change the way we think about art.
Our jurors—Sir Nicholas Serota (chair, Arts Council England), Connie Butler (chief curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles), Okwui Enwezor (director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich), Donna de Salvo (senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York), and Allan Schwartzman—ultimately awarded first prize jointly to two shows we believe will be hugely impactful: “Many Tongues: Art, Language, and Revolution in the Middle East and South Asia” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and “Pop América”, 1965-1975 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Here is more information on the shows we wanted to support too, including the three exhibitions that we awarded a $10,000 commendation prize to, and six runners-up.
“Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison”
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Curated by Kate Kraczon
The first major exhibition to take place the US in more than 35 years focusing on the short but prolific career of Ree Morton, whose conceptually rigorous, narrative and bold work generated a feminist legacy increasingly appreciated in retrospect. The exhibition will include rarely seen site-specific installations, drawings, sculptures and paintings that span the single decade of artistic production before her untimely death in 1977.
Dates: September – December 2018
To donate, please email director of development Samantha Gibb Roff
“Native North America”
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Curated by Candice Hopkins & Mindy Besaw
This exhibition, organized by Crystal Bridges, is the first exhibition to chart a history of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada. The exhibition presents some 75 works by the most important Native American artists from the 1950s to today. It aims to challenge historical assumptions and biases about Indigenous art and enrich our understanding of American art. The exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges and curated by independent curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit, citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Crystal Bridges Curator of American Art, Mindy Besaw, and Manuela Well-Off-Man, Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dates: 6 October 2018 – 7 January 2019
“Augusta Savage: Artist-Community-Activist”
Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, PhD, project managed by Holly Keris
This retrospective will contextualize a very important but little-known African American artist, who taught and mentored many of the most important and influential artists of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition will reexamine Augusta Savage’s place in the history of American sculpture, positioning her as a leading figure who broke down the barriers she and her students encountered within the art world.
Dates: October 2018 – April 2019
To donate, please visit here
“Local Vanguards: Art and Visual Culture in Latin America in the 1920s”
Blanton Museum of Art/Museo de Arte de Lima
Curated by Beverly Adams & Natalia Majluf
What it means to be Modern in Latin America was much debated in “Amauta”, an interdisciplinary magazine published in Peru in the 1920s focusing on the development of a Latin American cultural vanguard that was concerned less with European conventions than with creating its own modernity. The publication and its legacy is the focus of this exhibition, which is organized around issues of social justice, popular art and pedagogy and will include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, book and magazine design as well as traditional crafts.
Dates: The exhibition will open at the Reina Sofia (February 2019) before traveling to the Museo de Arte de Lima (September 2019) and the Blanton Museum of Art (February 2020).
The Drawing Center
Curated by Claire Gilman
This is a new annual initiative designed to explore the transformative role that drawing can play in society. The inaugural iteration “Winter Term”, which will open in early 2018, will consider techniques within abstract drawing that confront issues of environmental justice. It will take the form of a two-week series of classes, discussions and activities with architects, designers, and theorists, all organized by artist Torkwase Dyson whose work will also be on view.
Dates: 24 February – 9 March 2018
To donate, please visit here
“T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America”
The Peabody Essex Museum
Curated by Karen Kramer
The first project to explore the visual art, poetry and music of one of America’s most inventive yet under-recognized contemporary Native American artists, this exhibition will survey Cannon’s highly productive but short career; his development of a unique and hybrid visual vocabulary; and his combination of irony and wit with a reverence for community and tradition to interrogate American history and popular culture; as well as the issues wrought by colonialism, hegemony, and historical amnesia—all through his Native lens.
Dates: 3 March – 10 June 2018
To donate, please contact chief philanthropy officer, Amanda Clark MacMullan
“Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop”
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Curated by Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
This exhibition will feature the work of the photographer Louis Draper and celebrate the legacy of the Kamoinge Workshop: a collective of 14 artists who shared a mission to produce images of their communities that ran counter to the pictures of African Americans being reproduced in the mainstream media in the 1960s and 70s.
Dates: 11 January – 31 May 2020
To donate, please visit here
“Leonora Carrington: Magic Tales”
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Curated by Tere Arcq & Stefan van Raay
Tracing the artistic development of the British Surrealist artist and writer while she lived in Mexico (which became her lifelong home after she took refuge there in the 1940s), this exhibition consists of 180 paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, books and other documents. It explores the artist’s response to social and political change and her championing of equality, freedom of expression, birth control for all and legalization of all drugs.
Dates: April – September 2018
To donate, please contact the institutional development coordinator, Sol Vargas Fregoso
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Curated by Gabriel Ritter
The first internationally touring survey show dedicated to the work of one of Japan’s leading and most innovative contemporary artists, this exhibition will present works from Ohtake’s multifaceted practice which ranges from painting to assemblage, collage, drawing, monumental sculpture, architectural environment and sound—much of which has never been seen in the US.
Dates: 2020 or early 2021
To donate, please contact the senior advancement executive, Mary Mortenson