Winners of 2016 International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) 3

Winners of 2016 International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) 3

The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum

IAAC 3 winners ceremony, 2016. Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum.
December 9, 2016
Winners of 2016 International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) 3

Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum
1929 ShiboDadao
200126, Shanghai

School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
20 Howie Street
London, SW11 4AS

The organisers of the third International Awards for Arts Criticism (IAAC 3) are pleased to announce the details of the three award-winning exhibition reviews, as follows:

First prize: 6,000 EUR plus a short visit to Shanghai for an essay in English or Chinese
Laura Oldfield Ford: Detroit:Techno-City, at the ICA, London, July 25–September 25, 2016.
Laura Oldfield Ford is a London-based artist and writer, who teaches at the Royal College of Art in London.

Joint second prize of 2,000 EUR for an essay in Chinese
Yao Mengxi: He Chi: Next Door. Exhibition project by He Chi, Arrow Factory, Beijing, March 15–May 5, 2016.
Yao Mengxi (b. 1985) lives and works in Shanghai. She is a curator and art critic currently involved in a variety of projects in that city.

Joint second prize of 2,000 EUR for an essay in English
Peter Lunenfeld: “CAL TECH,” a review of From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967-1971, March 21–October 25, 2015.
Dr. Lunenfeld lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is professor and Vice-Chair of the Design/ Media Arts Department at University College of Los Angeles, California (UCLA).

The Awards were adjudicated anonymously in mid-November 2016 by a jury of five internationally recognised critics, curators and art historians, accompanied by members of the IAAC Board, as follows:

Ute Meta Bauer, Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Brian Dillon, author, Reader in Critical Writing, Royal College of Art and UK Editor of Cabinet magazine, New York
David Elliott, independent curator and writer, Berlin, London, Belgrade, Hong Kong
Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Cao Yiqiang, Dean, China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou and Chief Editor of New Art

The Awards aim to encourage engaged, but disinterested, writing about contemporary art and space for reflection, away from the most frequently experienced financial and social pressures.

They are hosted by the Board of the not-for-profit International Awards for Art Criticism Ltd. and organised by the Shanghai 21st Minsheng Art Museum (M21) and Shanghai Artemis Art Center (SAAC). They are held in partnership with the Royal College of Art, London, the world’s number one ranked university of art and design, and in association with the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), based in Paris, with its 63 national sections, an international (“0pen”) section and approx. 4,500 members, worldwide.

The principal sponsors are China Minsheng Banking Cooperation Ltd., the Shanghai Minsheng Art Foundation, the Anxin Trust Co. Ltd., and the Cultural Bureau of the Pudong Area Council, China.

Board members of the IAAC: Henry Meyric Hughes (chair), Lewis Biggs, Juan Cruz, Ling Min; with an organising committee, incl. Gan Zhiyi and Gao Chao.

IAAC 3 2017 
The globalised International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) are now coming to the end of their third cycle. The jury were impressed with the range and variety of the submissions, which showed that good writing and critical engagement are in plentiful supply, even if these are not always given the attention they deserve in the media. The deliberate choice of the exhibition review format, restricted to 1,500 words or 2,000 Chinese characters, aims to encourage writers to move away from the longer, essayistic form, most familiar from the specially commissioned catalogue essay. This year, an almost equal number of essays were submitted in Chinese and in English, with 100 Chinese language submissions from 20 provinces and areas in China, and a scattering from around the world, and 103 English language submissions from 28 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

20 of the shortlisted essays (ten in English and ten in Chinese) will be published, both in the original languages and in translation, in early 2017. This publication, which will be the third in the series “Exhibition Reviews Annual,” will be printed and distributed in China. It will also be available on the websites of the IAAC and

Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum: T +86 21 61820539 / [email protected]
School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art: T +44 (0)20 7590 4423 / [email protected]

RSVP for Winners of 2016 International Awards for Art Criticism…
The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum
December 9, 2016

Thank you for your RSVP.

The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.