The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) has elected its new President, Dr. Marek Bartelik, during the General Assembly that took place in Asunción, Paraguay, on October 20th, 2011. Dr. Bartelik succeeds Yacouba Konaté from Ivory Coast, who served as AICA’s President since October 2008. Dr. Bartelik is the XVth President of the Association.
The International Association of Art Critics (AICA), is a NGO, founded in 1950 under the patronage of UNESCO, whose objective it is to support art criticism in all its forms, worldwide and to keep pace with its changing disciplines. AICA’s head office, located in Paris, represents and promotes the activities of the Association’s 4,500 members, grouped into 63 different Sections, throughout the world. The Association overheads are entirely financed by the subscriptions of its Ordinary Members, Honorary Members and Patrons.
AICA-USA is the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). At present there are 63 member nations representing more than 4,000 art critics.
AICA-USA, headquartered in New York, is the largest national section, with a membership of over 400 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians around the country. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.
Each year in a widely covered event, AICA-USA presents museums, galleries and alternative spaces with Best Show awards, and is the only organization to award excellence in museum and gallery exhibitions. It does so to indicate the standards by which its members judge what they see.