26th Annual LoPresti Award Winners, 2009-10

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to announce the winners of its 26th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards Competition for publications produced in 2009.

The winners were announced by Heather Koopmans,Savannah College of Art and Design, 2010 LoPresti Awards Chair, at the 36th Annual ARLIS/Southeast annual meeting in Cartersville, GA on November 13, 2010. Together with Katie Riel, also from the Savannah College of Art and Design, the 2010 LoPresti Award Committee considered the four eligible categories: Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Serials, and Artists’ Books published in 2009. Twenty entries were received, and the following publications rewarded:

Best Book

greatmastersofcubanartGreat Masters of Cuban Art, 1800-1958: Ramos Collection / Grandes Maestros del Arte Cubano: Coleccion Ramos. By Zeida ComesaƱas SardiƱas. Daytona, Fla.: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 2009.

Organized by themes such as portraits, everyday life, and avant-garde, this book explores the work of 62 artists who painted and illustrated Cuban culture from 1800 until the communist revolution. The bilingual (English and Spanish) essays explore the history of Cuban art and its place and influence on Cuban history and culture. In addition to the essays on each artist, this book is beautifully illustrated with color images of examples of the artists’ work. This work is an important addition to every academic collection, covering a subject that was often repressed by the communist Cuban government and of which there is very little academic information to be found.

Book: Honorable Mention

josephine-crawfordJosephine Crawford: An Artist’s Vision. By Louise C. Hoffman. New Orleans, La.: Historic New Orleans Collection, 2009.

Josephine Marien Crawford began making art in New Orleans in the 1920s and continued through the 1940s. Influenced by Cubism, Crawford’s reflects both the eclectic spirit of New Orleans and the European ideals she discovered while studying in Paris. This biography explores both the world that Crawford lived in as well Crawford as a person. With beautiful and numerous illustrations, this book is both academic in nature yet a pleasure to peruse.


Best Exhibition Catalogue

aldwythAldwyth: work v. / work n. : Collage and Assemblage 1991-2009. By Mark Sloan. Charleston: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 2009.

This catalog documents the 2 decades of work by the reclusive Aldwyth. Living on one of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina, Aldwyth creates collages and assemblages of incredible complexity that must be examined for hours up close if the viewer wishes to see every detail. The images in this catalog are the highest quality and document not only the works as a whole, but also many of the tiny details that make these works so interesting. Because of her reclusive nature, there is very little information to be found on Aldwyth, making this catalog an important addition to any collection. The design and layout of the catalog make it a pleasure to read.


Exhibition Catalogue: Honorable Mention

gothicartgildedGothic Art in the Gilded Age: Medieval and Renaissance Treasures in the Gavet-Vanderbilt-Ringling Collection. Ed. By Virginia Brilliant with essays by Brilliant, et al. Sarasota, Fla.: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 2009.

Beautifully illustrated and with extensive essays, this catalog not only explores an expansive collection of Gothic art including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, but it also explores the history of the works of art as a collection and the famous people that built and owned the collection. The illustrations capture the artworks as well as how the owners organized and displayed the collection and the rooms that were built around the collection. A great resource for both researchers of Gothic art and the history of collecting art in the United States, this catalog contains copious amounts of scholarly information regarding the collection and the history of Gothic art.