Three Spanish Galleries are candidates to the “Moving Image Award” Galeria Elba Benitez, Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz and Galerie Vanguardia.

In conjunction with their media partner Gallerist, Moving Image, the Contemporary Video Art Fair, announced today the creation of a new award to be presented October 11, 2012, the opening day of this year’s London fair. The Moving Image Award funds the acquisition by Tate of artwork exhibited at the fair, as selected by Tate’s Curator of Film, Stuart Comer. Three Spanish Galleries are candidates to the award: Galeria Elba Benitez, Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz and Galerie Vanguardia.

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Gallerist, the host of the official online catalog for Moving Image ,established the award to raise awareness of the importance of incorporating video and film into the permanent collections of major art institutions. The award was inspired by San Francisco collectors Pamela and Richard Kramlich, who have supported contemporary artists working in video, film, and new media through their private collection and through the New Art Trust, a non-profit organization they founded to advance the collection, preservation, exhibition, and understanding of technology-based art forms,  particularly at the Trust’s three supported organizations, Tate, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“The Moving Image Fair” surveys an impressive, international selection of recent film and video work thoughtfully installed and shown at its best,” said Stuart Comer. “Tate is grateful to Gallerist for this award, which helps to extend our commitment to representing innovation in film and video in the Collection. We are delighted that the award highlights the pioneering achievements of Pamela and Richard Kramlich, whose longstanding commitment to Tate and the New Art Trust has contributed substantially to our support of artists working with the moving image.”

The Moving Image Award grants $10,000 to Tate Modern to purchase new work for their collection. Speaking on the award, Pamela Kramlich responded, “My husband Dick and I thank Galerist for so kindly honoring us in this way. We’re very happy that the Tate’s collection will be enriched and that our names will be associated with this new acquisition, particularly at a moment when the museum’s lively, informed, and highly important contribution to media art is made even more conspicuous by the advent of the Tanks and the programs planned for these spaces, which include the frequent presentation of time-based and moving image art.”

Gallerist founder and CEO Doğan Perese explained the media company’s support for the award: “Gallerist is honored to sponsor the 2012 Moving Image Award.  Our goal is to support the local arts community of each fair we partner with.  The prestige of this year’s judge and museum acquisition bring this to a global level.”

Moving Image co-founders Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman noted that the Moving Image Award was designed to honor a collector couple who have greatly increased awareness about the issues involved in collecting, preserving, and exhibiting moving-image-based artwork. “Pamela and Richard Kramlich have been instrumental in setting the gold standard for conservation and the presentation of video art,” said Winkleman. “Through both their private collection and the educational and conservation efforts of the New Art Trust, they have helped support so many artists and museums dedicated to the medium. We are delighted that the award affords us an opportunity to honor their contributions to this emerging field, to acknowledge the fine work of Tate’s Curator of Film Stuart Comer, and to enrich the collection of Tate  with Comer’s selection of work from the excellent offerings of this year’s Moving Image London fair through a gift made in the Kramlichs’ name.”

Gallerist is an integrated web platform specifically designed to meet the needs of art world professionals. By empowering art fairs, galleries, institutions and arts organizations with better technological resources, Gallerist provides them a stronger and more convenient bridge to interact with global collectors. Implementing such features as high resolution scalable images, automated digital catalogues, online inventory and collection maintenance applications, purchase processing, Skype, private messaging and a secure, client-customizable viewing platform for images and video art, Gallerist aims to enhance the way people exhibit, experience, and exchange art around the world. Gallerist also funds the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award, which is presented at the Dallas Art Fair and the NADA art fair.

Moving Image, the contemporary video art fair, will return to The Bargehouse, October 11-14, 2012, during Frieze Art Fair in London. Located within short walking distance of Tate Modern, the Bargehouse is just behind the Oxo Tower on the South Bank. Moving Image will be free to the public and open Thursday – Saturday, October 11 – 14, 11 am – 7 pm, and on Sunday, October 14, 11 am – 4 pm. An opening reception for Moving Image will take place Thursday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm. Moving Image was conceived to offer a unique viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Moving Image London 2012 will feature a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions presenting single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations.

Site: Consulate General of Spain in New York
Title: The Moving Image Award
Place: The Contemporary Video Art Fair
City: London
Country: UK
Date: October 11-14, 2012


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