Dasha Zhukova Nabs Leo Award

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Zhukova. (Patrick McMullan)

Dasha Zhukova has been awarded the 2012 Leo Award by the Independent Curators International. Named after the pioneering art dealer Leo Castelli, the award honors the achievements of similarly ground-breaking figures in the field of contemporary art. Ms. Zhukova’s being recognized for her “pioneering and forward-thinking” approach to conceiving of and building new institutions and creating international opportunities for artists and curators.

Ms. Zhukova is the founder of the Garage: Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, the editor-in-chief of Garage magazine and the creative director of Art.sy and has been very busy turning Moscow into an epicenter of contemporary art activity. She recently announced that Garage, a Kunsthalle-like exhibition space, would be getting a redesign by Rem Koolhaas.

With the Leo Award, Ms. Zhukova is keeping good company, as always. She follows a long list of renowned recipients including critics, collectors and artists such as Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Christo & Jeanne-Claude and John Waters. The award will be presentedat ICI’s Annual Fall Benefit and Auction on Nov. 19, 2012, by ICI trustee emerita Agnes Gund.

Congratulations to Ms. Zhukova.