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September 23, 2008

Artist Tara Donovan wins MacArthur Foundation Genius Award

Artist Tara Donovan wins the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, story in today's New York Times.

Tara_Donovan-UntInk Life could not be better for artist Tara Donovan, her new retrospective is opening up at the wonderful

Boston ICA in just a few weeks.. and Today, she is one of the only visual fine artists to join in winning the $500,000 MacArthur Genius award. Congrats Tara!

(photo #1, Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2003,Ink on Paper, 6'H x 4' 11"W)

We've long been a fan of Tara's obsessive art work. Hello... of course!!

Tara_Danovan-UntCupsLABut, from the immediate OMG impact everyone has when first seeing her work, to the thoughtful attention to detail you come to appreciate once you spend some time with her creations... MAO thinks you will fall in total love with Tara Donovan's work.

(Photo #2, Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2003, Styrofoam Cups, Hot Glue, Dimensions Variable)

If you don't know Tara's work.. you really need to! There's a reason why she won the GENIUS AWARD!

Check her work out here..at the ACE Gallery Website.

Luckily, Monacelli Press has published a major new retrospective catalog for the show. A beautiful book, and it really illustrates how deep the breath of Tara's art work really has become. FYI, The Strand has them for only $35

Also for all you signed book junkies collectors, on November 12th, Tara Donovan and Lawrence Weschler will be appearing for a discussion about her work at Strand Books in NYC from 7 to 8:30pm.

Sadly.. while the show will be traveling to 4 museum in the USA, it will not be coming to any of the NYC museums. Like, don't they know NYC is the center of the contemporary art universe?

Our Loss!! MAO might actually have to get on a damn plane to go see this show!


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Oh come on MAO, is only Boston. Only 31/2 hours by train and 45 minutes on a plane. I saw her installation at Pace Wildestein in Chelsea. Brilliant!
This is the kind of work that needs to be seen in person in order to realize the effort and artistry behind it.

Tara's work is awesome. Wouldn't mind buying a print of that awesome photo of the installation you have pictured.

I like how she's going to spend the money, art supplies and taxes, ha.

Tara Donovan's work is wonderful.

But, the last time I remember being in the MAO loft.. wasn't that first Tara Donovan drawing you posted already in the MAO collection?

A little self serving MAO?

MAO doesn't hide the fact that his site is to share the enthusiasm for his favorite artists, most of whom are in his own collection. But it's certainly misleading for those that are just discovering him and aren't aware. Because of that, at this point he should disclose his ownership right up front every time he posts about an artist. Otherwise he loses credibility and becomes as transparent as the Bush administration.

I don't think anyone would fault him for this disclosure. He's just putting his mouth where his money is.

I saw some of Donovan's work when I was in NYC last fall--beautiful, delice, and a treat. I'm glad to see her get this money as opposed to a more "shocking" or willfully opaque contemporary artist.

We really enjoy art like this here at FUTURECLAW MAGAZINE. Very well done. I can only imagine the time it took to implement such work. Again very well done. Please check us out at http://www.futureclaw.com

I really like Tara's work that is suspended from the ceiling. It makes me think of tripe, that spongy stuff you see in chinese restaurants. Pretty cool. I like wow factor...

Her work is simply amazing and seeing on a ditigal screen is not good ehough.The use of mundane objects such as straws,cups,foam,simply amazing!To be able to see these pieces especially this one would be art entertainment to the max!
great work Im looking forward to the chance of seeing her installations.

I like the repetitiveness, texture and organic structure of Tara's installations. Reminds me of that one artist who uses white straws in the same manner.

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