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Honoring the GFAA Trophee created by Hedva Ser

The Global Fine Art Awards enjoyed a successful inaugural year at a swanky location

in Miami, during Art Basel.

Find out what shows and institutions received awards.

The Global Fine Art Awards enjoyed a successful inaugural year at a swanky location in Miami. Find out what shows and institutions received awards.

Six groundbreaking art exhibitions earned recognition at the first-ever Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA), and their respective host sites manifest the international character promised in the event's name. Representatives from art shows in San Francisco, Boston/Miami, New York, Philadelphia/Korea, Paris, and Munich took the podium to accept their awards.

Looking at criteria such as innovation in design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal, the Global Fine Art Awards aim to draw attention to exceptional exhibitions worldwide, with the purpose of developing public interest in, and awareness of, fine art. All six award recipients received a bronze trophy-sculpture created by UNESCO Artist for Peace Hedva Ser. The evening's festivities were co-produced by GFAA founder Judy Holm and committee co-chairs Corinne Arazi and Ivonn Goihman.

A jury of art professionals consisting of Fine Art Connoisseur editor Peter Trippi, Senior Director of Global Events and Programs for the American Alliance of Museums Dean Phelus, and Senior Fellow at Florida International University Cathy Leff chose five winners to represent five different categories: Best Contemporary or Post-War exhibition went to "Permission to be Global/Practicas Globales: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection" at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Best Impressionist or Modern Art exhibition went to "Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment" at Le Petit Palais in Paris; Best Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters, or Dynasties exhibition went to "Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Museum of Korea; Best Ancient Art exhibition went to "Pompeii: Life on the Volcano" at the Kunsthalle Munich; and Best Public or Outdoor Installation went to Kara Walker's "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby" at Creative Time/Domino Sugar Factory in New York.

The sixth and final award, called the YOUniversal Award and chosen by popular vote, recognized the retrospective exhibition "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition," hosted by the de Young Museum of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This critically acclaimed Hockney show also received an Honorable Mention in the Contemporary or Post-War exhibition category. "The Scandalous Art of James Ensor" at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles received an Honorable Mention as an Impressionist or Modern Art exhibition.

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