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.