31st Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Publication Award Winners

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 31st Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards for excellence in art publishing for the copyright year 2014! Winning entries are detailed below, or you can view a full list of 2014 entries and honorable mentions on the 31st Annual LoPresti Award Winners page.

Monograph Category:


The Landscape Painting of China: Musings of a Journeyman. Harrie A. Vanderstappen. University Press of Florida, 2014.

This impressive monograph covers the great art of Chinese landscape painting from the 9th century through the early 17th century. A life’s work by renowned scholar on Chinese art Professor Harrie Vanderstappen (University of Chicago) and edited by Roger E. Covey (Tang Research Foundation) this one volume book is a feast of scholarship and images with over two hundred full color reproductions and densely annotated essays. This book will make an excellent addition to any art or landscape architecture library and is a valuable resource for the scholar and interested reader alike.


Honorable Mention:

creole_worldCreole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. Richard Sexton, Jay D. Edwards, and John H. Lawrence.  The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2014.

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere is a stunning exploration of the connections, inventions, and evolution of architecture amongst Latin Caribbean urban centers and outposts.  Centering on the northernmost Caribbean-Creole city of New Orleans with its unique blend of old and new, photographer Richard Sexton connects the historic architecture of the “Creole realm,” framing scenes from the Faubourg Tremé alongside views of Havana; interiors of French Quarter homes next to the porches and parlors of Haiti and Cuba; oven tombs from New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery opposite society tombs from Cementario San Diego in Quito, Ecuador.  The two-hundred color photographs spanning nearly four decades of travel are contextualized through two lengthy essays on Creole architecture and Sexton’s photographic process.  As lush and vibrant as its subject, Creole World  is a fascinating look at the interconnected, culturally-rich sphere of Latin-Caribbean architecture.

Exhibition Catalog Category:


Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico. Tobias Ostrander, Tanya Barson, and Paulo Herkenhoff. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2014.

This catalogue documents the first major U.S. retrospective exhibition of the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. The exhibition featured large-scale abstract paintings produced over the last 25 years that were informed by various precedents in the history of art and pop culture, including Baroque painting, European Modernism, graffiti, and the decorations of Carnival. The judging committee was particularly impressed with the high production value of this catalogue, which features full-color plates and decorative spot varnish that mimic the artist’s style. The catalogue is complete with essays, a list of works, chronology, and bibliography, and pays homage to the artist’s native land with Spanish translations. Milhazes’ work had previously been unexamined in the United States, making this catalogue the most comprehensive resource on her work and a scholarly exploration of its place in the development of Western abstraction.

Honorable Mention

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Richard J. Powell, Ed. Nasher Museum of Art: Duke University, 2014.

Archibald J. Motley (1891-1981) is known for his vibrant narrative paintings of scenes from the Jazz Age in his native Chicago and abroad in both Paris and in Mexico. Depicting the African American diaspora in the early 19th century, Motley’s paintings present a cultural history among cabarets and the streets of Montparnasse. The exhibition catalogue is replete with full color images of these paintings as well as portraiture and paintings in other styles. Researched essays, a chronology, exhibition checklist and lengthy bibliography make this catalogue one that is both a pleasure to peruse and a scholarly record which updates and expands our understanding of Motley’s work and the exciting time it records.


Congratulations to all of our award winners!