NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Tribeca Film Festival co-founder, Robert De Niro (L) and artist Yoko Ono attend the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Dinner in support of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program at Odeon on April 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for CHANEL)

Each year, a group of acclaimed New York based artists contributes original artwork that is exhibited during the Festival before serving as filmmaker awards for 10 winning directors.

This years artists are Yoko Ono, Stephen Posen, Maira Kalman, Stephen Hannock, Vik Muniz, Clifford Ross, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Maurizio Galimberti, Spencer Platt, Valerie Hegarty and Sheila Berger.

“It’s nice to know that our works are used to change the world! Yes. We can change the world for the better, together.”
Yoko Ono

“Chanel is very pleased to support the Artists Awards Program of the Tribeca Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year. The support of both established and emerging artists is a tradition started by Coco Chanel and has remained an integral part of the House. We are honored to be a part of the Festival this year.”
John Galantic, President and COO of CHANEL

“The Artist Awards Program demonstrates the importance of artists supporting each other across all mediums. We are so pleased to have these eleven respected artists continue the tradition of past participants who have not only supported the Festival but most importantly the filmmakers at Tribeca.”
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival

The artworks: paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures, will be publicly displayed at:
CHANEL Boutique in SoHo at 139 Spring Street, New York City [map]

April 16-29, Mon-Sat 11am-7pm

Yoko Ono

A Box of Smile, 1967/1989

2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5”
Bronze and mirror
Unique Patina

Best Narrative Short

The 2010 Best Narrative Short Competition jurors were Justin Bartha, Katherine Dieckmann, Jack Dorsey, Peter Facinelli and Brooke Shields.

WINNER – Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here, directed by Bekhi Sibiya, written by Sibongile Nkosana, Bongi Ndaba. (South Africa). Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak, and the art award “A Box of Smile, 1967/89” by Yoko Ono. The award was presented by Peter Facinelli.

Jury Comments: “The jury was unanimous in its enthusiasm for the winning film. It is an assured, original, and profoundly moving film, which perfectly executes its aims and is buoyed by a remarkable performance by its lead actor. The director of this film consistently foregoes sentimentality in favor of subtle debunking of myths based on culture. His frames are urgently alive with telling details. This film announces a persuasive and deeply human directorial vision, one rich with authenticity and insight. It is a film of resilience and hope.”

NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Yoko Ono attends the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Dinner in support of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program at Odeon on April 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for CHANEL)

Yoko Ono is a multimedia artist who constantly challenges the traditional boundaries of art. Known for her groundbreaking conceptual and performance pieces, experimental films and music. Yoko’s creative influence and prolific artistic output continues to inspire new generations. In 2009, she was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale. Reflecting on her reputation for being outrageous, Yoko smiles and says, “I do have to rely on my own judgment, although to some people my judgment seems a little out of sync. I have my own rhythm and my own timing, and that’s simply how it is.”

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh

Naughty, Lonely
but Happy
, 2009

32” x 42”
Intaglio and relief

Tribeca All Access Creative
Promise Award – Documentary

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh have cultivated an artistic collaboration spanning more than 20 years. Their partnership seamlessly merges their two distinctive styles to create a dynamic visual vocabulary.  Amer was born in Egypt and moved to Nice, France, where she received a BFA and an MFA from the Villa Arson Nice, France.   Farkhondeh was born in Iran and received a BA in Economics. He subsequently received a BFA in painting at the Beaux-Arts de Dijon and an MFA from the Villa Arson in Nice, France.

Their exhibition Roses Off Limits—a coupling of erotic images, with floral patterns punctuated by the traditional craft of hand embroidery—ran at Pace Prints Chelsea in 2009.   Amer and Farkhondeh’s previous collaborative solo exhibitions include those at Tina Kim Fine Arts, New York, the Singapore Tyler Institute and The Stedlijk Museum in the Netherlands among others.

Sheila Berger

The Joining, 2008

10″ x 8″
Encaustic on panel

Tribeca All Access Creative
Promise Award – Narrative

Sheila Berger’s paintings are influenced by a lifetime of travel to some of the most remote parts of the globe. Part of Berger’s pleasure in crafting these paintings is the celebration of a technique unchanged for thousands of years: the melting of encaustic, repeatedly painting her special custom-made wooden panels until they have the desired texture. The result is a tabula rasa awaiting Berger’s impressions. The introduction of pigments builds each painting into a palimpsest of memories, moods and emotion, welcome emptiness incised, such varied signs of life. Berger was born in St. Louis, Missouri and educated at NYU, the Art Students League, and New York Academy of the Arts. She has shown her work everywhere from the Rubin Museum in New York and the Bemis Center in Omaha to the American Consulate in Istanbul, and the U.S. Embassy in Laos. Berger is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Maurizio Galimberti

New York Studio n.21, 2010

85cm x l 47cm
Mosaico, Polaroid Spectra Film

Best New York Documentary
Award sponsored by Polaroid

Maurizio Galimberti was born in Como, Italy. He began winning photography competitions as a young man, working mainly in black and white, and in 1983 he developed a passion for the Polaroid camera, which he liked because he could not stand waiting for the results of his shoot. He realized as well that the colors were amazing, so he began researching and experimenting with this media. In 1991 he began collaborating with Polaroid Italia, and in 1995 published Polaroid Pro Art, a true cult book for those passionate about Polaroid. Galimberti has been the official portraitist of the Venice Film Festival several times, and in 2003 his portrait of Johnny Depp landed on the cover of The Times Magazine in England. He has published books about New York, Venice, and Berlin and is currently working on a book about Milan for the 2015 Expo. Galimberti is also a visiting professor at the Domus Academy and Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan.

Stephen Hannock

Study: Northern City
, 2010

10” x 15”

Founders Award for
Best Narrative Feature

Award sponsored by AKA

Stephen Hannock is an American luminist painter known for his atmospheric landscapes and incendiary nocturnes. He has demonstrated a keen appreciation for the quality of light and for the limitations of conventional materials and techniques for capturing it. His experiments with machine-polishing the surfaces of his paintings give a trademark luminous quality to his work. The larger vistas also incorporate diaristic text that weaves throughout the composition. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film What Dreams May Come won an Academy Award®. His works are in collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Hannock recently received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Bowdoin College.

Valerie Hegarty

Seascape Frame, 2009

14” x 10” x 8”
Foamcore, paper, paint, glue,
canvas, staples, gel medium, wire
Courtesy Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Best New York Narrative

Valerie Hegarty’s latest exhibition, Cosmic Collisions, opened in March at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Her previous solo exhibitions include Seascape (2006) and Landscaping (2005) at Guild & Greyshkul, New York; View From Thanatopsis, at Museum 52, London; and the 12×12 Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at venues including New York’s Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists Space, White Columns, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. She recently exhibited in New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson at the Depart Foundation, Rome; and Portugal Arte 09 in Lisbon. Hegarty received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002.

Maira Kalman

Inauguration Angel, 2009

12″x12 1/1″
Inkjet print

Student Visionary Award
Award sponsored by Apple

Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She has worked as a designer, author, illustrator, and artist for more than 30 years without formal training. Her work is a narrative journal of her life and all its absurdities. She has written and illustrated 12 children’s books including Ooh-la-la- Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and Swami on Rye. She often illustrates for The New Yorker magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the NewYorkistan cover in 2001. Recent projects include The Elements of Style (illustrated), and a monthly online column entitled Principles of Uncertainty (2006-7) and The Pursuit of Happiness (2008-9) for The New York Times. She has had four exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery since 2003.

Vik Muniz

Jorge, 2003/2009

H: 24.8” W: 20”
Digital C print
From the series Pictures of Magazines

Best Documentary Feature

Vik Muniz was born in São Paulo, Brazil and began his career as a sculptor, but gradually became more interested in photographic reproductions of his sculptures. Muniz uses unexpected materials to create portraits, landscapes, and still lifes—peanut butter, jelly, chocolate sauce, toy soldiers, paper confetti—which he then photographs. He has created larger-scale works, such as pictures carved into the earth or made of huge piles of junk. Muniz has exhibited his works internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; Musée de l’Élisée Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Foundation Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. Muniz’s work is included in the collections of numerous museums, including MoMA; the Art Institute of Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Spencer Platt

Fruits of War, 2010

11″ x 14″ Photograph

Best Documentary Short

Spencer Platt joined Getty Images in 2001. Currently he covers news stories in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. His work has appeared in such publications as Time, Newsweek, Stern, Paris Match, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Platt has won numerous awards for his work throughout the world including Photography of the Year (POY) and the NPPA Year in Pictures. In 2006, Platt received the coveted World Press Photo of the Year award for an image in taken in Beirut. Spencer Platt grew up in Westport, Connecticut and attended Clark University. Platt lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephen Posen

Hour of the Wolf, 2009

15 1/2 inches by 10 1/4 inches
Digital Ink Jet on Ilford Paper

TAA Creative Promise
Award – Screenplay

Stephen Posen is a painter who received his MFA from Yale and his BFA from Washington University. His exhibitions include The Drawing Center, Documenta 5, Whitney Biennial, the Jason McCoy Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery, and O.K. Harris Gallery in New York, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Akron Art Museum, the Philbrook Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Posen’s work is in the collections of the Guggenheim, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, J.P. Morgan Chase, J.B. Speed Museum in Louisville, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, among others.

Clifford Ross

Hurricane XLIX, 2010

Archival Pigment Print

Tribeca Film Festival
Virtual Best Feature

Clifford Ross began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale in 1974 with a BA in both art and art history. In 1995, he turned his attention toward photography and other media. Clifford invented and patented the “R1” camera in 2002 and made some of the highest resolution large-scale landscapes in the world. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. His work has been the subject of the recent exhibitions Outside Realism: Clifford Ross Photography, a 10-year survey of his work at the Austin Museum of Art; Clifford Ross: Mountains and Sea at the MADRE/Museo Archeologico in Naples, Italy; and at Robilant +Voena Galleries in London and Milan, the Alain Noirhomme Gallery in Brussels, and Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Recent projects include a stained-glass wall for the new federal courthouse in Austin, Texas, his first new Hurricane photographs in eight years, Harmonium Mountain: A Photographic Opera, an imaginary landscape video based on one still image.


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