Bucksbaum Award

Established in 2000 by longtime Whitney trustee Melva Bucksbaum and her family, the Bucksbaum Award is given every two years in recognition of an artist, chosen from those included in the Biennial, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent and imagination. In addition to receiving a $100,000 grant, each Bucksbaum laureate is invited to present an exhibition at the Whitney sometime within the succeeding two years. Conceived to encourage an artist who has previously produced a significant body of work, whose project for the Biennial is itself outstanding, and whose future artistic contribution promises to be lasting, the Bucksbaum Award acknowledges an artist's full spectrum of production: past, present, and future.

On May 21, 2014, the eighth Bucksbaum Award was presented to New York–based artist Zoe Leonard, who was selected from among 103 participants in the 2014 Biennial. One of the most distinguished artists of her generation, Leonard is known for her work in photography, film, and sculpture, and also participated in both the 1993 and 1997 Whitney Biennials. For this year's iteration, she created 945 Madison Avenue, trasforming a section of the Museum's fourth floor into an enormous camera obscura, a naturally occurring phenomenon in which a small hole in one side of a dark chamber projects an inverted image of the outside view onto the surfaces of the room. 


Read more about Leonard's 2014 Biennial installation

AWARD RECIPIENTS

2014
ZOE LEONARD

Born 1961, Liberty, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY

Jurors:
Michelle Kuo
Stuart Comer
Donna De Salvo
Anthony Elms
Michelle Grabner
Jay Sanders
Nancy Spector
Elisabeth Sussman
Adam D. Weinberg

Read about Zoe Leonard’s work for the 2014 Biennial

2012 
SARAH MICHELSON

Born 1964, Manchester, England
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Jurors:
Christophe Cherix
Donna De Salvo
Lia Gangitano
Branden Joseph
Jay Sanders
Elisabeth Sussman
Adam D. Weinberg

View Sarah Michelson’s Bucksbaum Award exhibition, 4

2010
Micheal Asher

Born 1943, Los Angeles, CA
Died 2012, Los Angeles, CA

Jurors
Francesco Bonami
Donna De Salvo
Hou Hanru
Gary Carrion-Murayari
Yasmil Raymond
James Rondeau
Adam D. Weinberg

Read about Michael Asher’s work for the 2010 Biennial

2008
OMER FAST

Born 1972, Jerusalem
Lives and works in Berlin

Jurors
Donna De Salvo
Anne Ellegood
Lauri Firstenberg
Henriette Huldisch
Shamim M. Momin
Franklin Sirmans
Adam D. Weinberg

View Omer Fast’s Bucksbaum Award exhibition, Nostalgia

2006
MARK BRADFORD

Born 1961, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Jurors
Francesco Bonami
Donna De Salvo
Russell Ferguson
Chrissie Iles
Eungie Joo
Philippe Vergne
Adam D. Weinberg

View Mark Bradford’s Bucksbaum Award exhibition, Neither New Nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford

2004
RAYMOND PETTIBON

Born 1957, Tuscon, AZ
Lives and works in Hermosa Beach, CA

Jurors
Elizabeth N. Armstrong
Richard Flood
Paul Ha
Chrissie Iles
Shamim M. Momin
Debra Singer
Adam D. Weinberg

2002
IRIT BATSRY

Born 1957, Ramat Gan, Israel
Lives and works in New York, NY

Jurors
Maxwell L. Anderson
Olukemi Ilesanmi
Linda Norden
Ann Philbin
Lawrence R. Rinder

2000
PAUL PFEIFFER

Born 1966, Honolulu, HI
Lives and works in New York, NY

Jurors
Maxwell L. Anderson
Mary L. Beebe
Linda Pace
Lawrence R. Rinder
Hamza Walker

A DECADE IN CONVERSATION: A TEN-YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE BUCKSBAUM AWARD, 2000–2010
BY CHRISSIE ILES, CHRISTIANE PAUL, CARTER E. FOSTER, AND TINA KUKIELSKI

Featuring conversations with Paul Pfeiffer, Irit Batsry, Raymond Pettibon, Mark Bradford, and Omer Fast, A Decade in Conversation presents fascinating details about the ways the first five Bucksbaum Award winners are shaping contemporary art today.

The excerpt available here includes interviews with Bradford and Fast, as well as a foreword by Adam D. Weinberg, and a statement from Melva Bucksbaum.