Frick's Center for the History of Collecting in America to Award NEW $25,000 Biennial Book Prize

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Having created a Center for the History of Collecting in America in 2007, The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library are now pleased to announce the launch of a generous book prize. The award, to be made biennially, will be given in recognition of scholarly excellence for a completed publication that contributes significantly to the study of the history of collecting in America. Ultimately, the aim of the Center in making this award is to encourage further study and foster a greater awareness of the relevance of the subject in the history of art and culture. The launch of this prize, which will be funded for a six-year period by Sotheby’s, was announced at a dinner held in late January at The Frick Collection. The first award will be given in November 2009. Scholarly printed publications, including museum exhibition catalogues, will be considered eligible for the Sotheby’s Prize. The subject of the publication may address collecting in the United States in any category of the fine and decorative arts, Western or non-Western, from Colonial times to the present.


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