Frick's Center for the History of Collecting Names Mary L. Levkoff Winner of its Biennial $25,000 Book Prize

cover of book, Hearst the Collector, with photo of suits of armor in great hall


he Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting has awarded Mary L. Levkoffits Sotheby’s Book Prize for a 
Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting in America for her critically acclaimed 2008 monograph 
Hearst the Collector(Abrams and Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Comments Frick Director Ian 
Wardropper, “Since its inception at the Frick Art Reference Library four years ago, the Center for the History of 
Collecting has fostered a high-level of discourse through fellowships, research tools, and symposia. 
Simultaneously the history of collecting art has found acceptance as a formal academic field, and we are very proud 
to play a role in that development. The Center’s book prize further strengthens this area of study by 
acknowledging—and perhaps inspiring—relevant new publications, and we are grateful to Sotheby’s for supporting 
this vital program. We offersincere congratulations to author Mary Levkoff for her wonderfully researched 
publication and look forward to presenting the award to her formally at a reception hosted at The Frick Collection 
on December 6.”



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