My view of the Friday afternoon session featuring speakers from Moscow’s Garage art space (photo by the author)

We have great news to share with you today. Yesterday, Hyperallergic was awarded the best art blog prize at the 2011 “Art and Reality” conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. The weekend-long gathering of the art world was organized by the Moscow-based Petr Konchalovsky Foundation.

This annual conference tackles a different topic each year and this year’s event centered on art criticism. One of the most amazing features of this weekend gathering was that a fifth of the forum focused on new media (including art blogging) and its impact on art criticism. The Konchalovky Foundation has been developing this annual global affair into what they hope will become a type of Davos for art, where international figures can come together and share ideas.

We’re very excited by the news of the award and we’ll post news — and an image of statuette — when we get all the final details. Until, then we want to say what an honor it was to be nominated with other wonderful international independent sites like Art Fag City (USA), (Russia), Rebel:Art (Germany) and Redbox Review (China).

And a special thank you to everyone who demonstrated their support by voting on the conference’s online website, it means the world to us. This award will encourage us to continue and make Hyperallergic your must-read art destination on the web.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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