WSJ. Magazine hosted its fifth annual Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last night. Seven trailblazing talents, all of whom are featured in the magazine’s November issue, were honored among more than 200 guests for their groundbreaking accomplishments in their respective disciplines.
Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Richard Serra (Art); Mark Parker (Brand); Thomas Heatherwick (Design); Angelina Jolie Pitt (Entertainment/Film); Miuccia Prada (Fashion); Karl Ove Knausgaard (Literature); and Stewart Butterfield (Technology). Each winner was presented with an award designed by the 2011 Design winner Joris Laarman.
“The seven Innovators we honored last night have set extraordinary benchmarks in each of their respective fields, and WSJ. Magazine is so proud to have brought them all together in one room—and in one issue. We hope readers are just as inspired as we are,” said Kristina O’Neill, editor in chief of WSJ. Magazine.
Publisher Anthony Cenname added, “Innovation is born out of an infinite curiosity and commitment to shaping the future—two qualities that unite WSJ. Magazine readers and advertisers around the globe. As we celebrate five years of Innovators, I could not be more proud of the platform’s impact and influence.”
The November issue is up 33 percent in ad pages, making it the second-largest issue in the magazine’s history.
WSJ.’s November issue will be on newsstands in the U.S. on November 7 and available internationally on November 6. Each Innovator Award recipient’s feature is now online at www.wsjmagazine.com.
Cartier, Cadillac, NetJets and American Cancer Society sponsored this year’s event.
2015 HONOREES & PRESENTERS
ART | RICHARD SERRA: For over 50 years, the artist has pushed the boundaries with his majestic sculptures and abstract drawings that explore gravity, space and time. With a new gallery exhibition on the horizon, his latest work takes shape on an even more epic scale. Award presented by Glenn Lowry.
BRAND | MARK PARKER: Still as obsessed with shoe design as ever, the CEO of Nike oversees the global juggernaut—from product development to multimillion-dollar endorsement deals—with a simple goal in mind: Serve the athlete. Award presented by Tom Sachs.
DESIGN | THOMAS HEATHERWICK: With high-profile commissions from Google and Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, the designer is enjoying a breakout moment—and applying his imaginative vision to projects of vast scope and ambition. Award presented by Danny Boyle.
ENTERTAINMENT/FILM | ANGELINA JOLIE PITT: The writer-director of this month’s By the Sea—in which she co-stars with husband Brad Pitt for the first time in a decade—is more than a Hollywood icon and humanitarian activist. She’s a model for the power of leading an examined life. Award presented by Robert De Niro.
FASHION | MIUCCIA PRADA: The legendary designer, still fully in control of her fashion empire, has amplified her legacy with the new Fondazione Prada, a cultural mini-village on the outskirts of Milan that embodies its namesake’s elusive creative spirit. Award presented by Francesco Vezzoli.
LITERATURE | KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD: The Norwegian novelist risked everything by writing My Struggle, his 3,600-page Proustian account of his life. Now several family members won’t speak to him, but his searing, confessional style has made him a global literary star. Award presented by Zadie Smith.
TECHNOLOGY | STEWART BUTTERFIELD: After a year and a half of runaway user growth, Slack is poised to change the way we work—all because of the co-founder and CEO’s faith in the power of play. Award presented by Jared Leto.
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