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International Sculpture Center
Lifetime Acheivement Award Gala
Honoring Fernando Botero

The International Sculpture Center awarded its 21st annual Lifetime Achievement in Sculpture award to Fernando Botero on October 26, 2012. Artists, patrons, friends and colleagues of Mr. Botero joined the ISC’s Board of Trustees to honor the prolific artist at the Tribeca 360° in NYC.

Speakers David Ebony, Editor of Art in America, who worked closely with Botero on his book Botero: Abu Ghraib, and Pierre Levai, President of Marlborough Gallery Inc., a long-time representative and friend of Botero, provided guests with both an art historical and personal perspective on the guest of honor. Although each speaker was given only a short time for remarks, it was evident that there was much to be said Botero’s achievements throughout his long career, and his enduring influence in the art world. Ebony noted of Botero’s work; “It’s fundamentally Latin American, but internationally intelligible.”

Fernando Botero, when describing his life’s work in artistic representation, says: “I am happy to say that I believe one of life’s great pleasures is to live being able to do what we most enjoy. There is no doubt that I have been blessed with the good fortune of being able to dedicate my entire life’s energy to this amazing passion which is creating art. Nothing brings more happiness and enjoyment and nothing for me is more fulfilling.” It is precisely because of his passion and dedication to art, and his artistic evolution and achievement in sculpture, that Botero was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Sculpture award. Phillip King , a previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and friend sent his congratulations through letter, read aloud by ISC Executive Director Johannah Hutchison, before she and Marc LeBaron, ISC Board of Trustees Chairman, presented the award to a grateful and humble Fernando Botero.

Mr. Botero was surrounded by family, friends and admirers for the intimate, candlelit evening. The evening closed with smiles and congratulations as guests gathered around Botero to offer their personal congratulations on his career and his Lifetime Achievement Award.

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