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Dasha Zhukova named recipient of Leo award

Independent Curators International have named Dasha Zhukova as the latest recipient of the Leo Award, named after the legendary New York dealer Leo Castelli, and awarded for groundbreaking achievements in contemporary art, reports Gallerist NY.

Zhukova is being recognised for her 'pioneering and forward-thinking' approach to conceiving of and building new institutions and creating international opportunities for artists and curators. Her initiatives include the Garage: Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Garage magazine and Art.sy, and she has put an enormous amount of energy Moscow into an epicenter of contemporary art activity. She recently announced that Garage will be redesigned by Rem Koolhaas.

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Comment by shay on August 21, 2012 at 17:56

The decision by the ICI to award Putin-insider, Dasha Zhukova, the Leo award is an absolute disgrace! Zhukova is the girlfriend of Putin-compliant oligarch Roman Abramovich, part of Putin's inner circle. Her close Kremlin connections effectively render her a dissident art censor, so this should automatically rule her out of the running for the Leo Award. But the ICI want to get their grubby hands on some of that Russian oligarch money, hence their desire to ingratiate themselves with Zhukova. Dasha Zhukova claims to be a proponent of contemporary culture, but she had no public comments to make about last week's disgraceful Pussy Riot show trial and guilty verdict in Moscow. Her Garage Art Gallery in Moscow has never allowed any art that is critical of the Putin regime, she is effectively a dissident art censor. May the blood of Russian dissidents be on the hands of the ICI!

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