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October 24, 2018

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Awarded CCS Bard Irmas Prize

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK—Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, has been awarded the 2019 Audrey Irmas Prize for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. The award honors the achievements of a curator or curatorial collective that has influenced contemporary exhibition making. Christov-Bakargiev will receive the award and $25,000 prize at the CCS Bard gala in April 2019.

“Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a singular force with the field of contemporary exhibition making.” CCS Bard executive director Tom Eccles said. “Her far-reaching ideas and bold commitment to artists making new and ambitious works is equally matched by her exploration of artistic histories and their re-presentations. Her remarkable dOCUMENTA (13) was undoubtedly one of the great exhibitions of our time.”

In addition to serving as Castello di Rivoli director, Christov-Bakargiev is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. She has lectured at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Cooper Union, New York; Monash University, Melbourne; and Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, among many other educational institutions.

In 2012, Christov-Bakargiev organized the thirteenth edition of Documenta at sites in Germany, Canada, Egypt, and Afghanistan. She has also curated the Sydney and Istanbul biennials and served as senior curator of MoMA PS1. As a writer and publisher, Christov-Bakargiev has produced monographs on artists William Kentridge and Janet Cardiff, a survey of Arte Povera, and numerous artist exhibition catalogues.

“I am very pleased to receive this important award, and to follow many other visionary people who have received it before me,” Christov-Bakargiev said. “To young people approaching our field I wish to say: act committedly, act with skepticism, and act understanding that we serve the artists and no one else, as they alone in our art world, with their intelligence, knowledge, emotions, craft, and labors, address, as they have always addressed, the problems of their times. The work artists do celebrates life, not art, and time and again it has repaired and healed the world.”

Previous recipients of the Irmas Award include Lia Gangitano, Nicholas Serota, Thelma Golden, and Christine Tohme and Martha Wilson.

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