The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has decided to bestow its 2014 Aspen Award for Art upon the Brazilian sculptor and installation artist Ernesto Neto. The award will be given to Neto on August 1 at the 10th edition of the AAM’s annual ArtCrush gala, one of the art world benefit circuit’s hottest tickets. This year’s gala will take place the day before the museum throws open the doors to its new building designed by 2014 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.
Not coincidentally, two of Neto’s pungent, many-limbed installations will be on view at the AAM’s current building this summer, from June 6 to September 2, in what will be the museum’s final exhibition at that location. The AAM has been giving out this award annually since 2005, when Richard Tuttle was its first honoree. Subsequent recipients have included Ed Ruscha in 2008, Fred Tomaselli in 2009, Marilyn Minter in 2010, and, last year, Teresita Fernández.
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