The Authors’ Club is delighted to join the Whitechapel Gallery in hosting the new Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards, eight prestigious annual prizes celebrating the best in international arts publishing in the English language. These awards mark an evolution of the renowned Banister Fletcher Art and Architecture Book of the Year, founded in 1955 and administered by the Authors’ Club.
The new awards are named after influential arts publisher, Richard Schlagman, whose vision and drive transformed and revived Phaidon Press as a world class publisher, revolutionising the sector of arts publishing for modern and contemporary art. This new initiative highlights the fertile relationship between the art world and publishing, recognising a diverse genre that encompasses art, architecture and design. It celebrates the importance of books in the dissemination of knowledge and learning about art around the world, addressing a vital need to champion the visual arts publishing sector. The Awards also celebrate the innovation and verve of contemporary graphic design and print production.
The award categories are as follows:
1. Book of the Year – overall winner
2. Best Contribution to Art History
3. Best Book on Contemporary Art
4. Best Contribution to Architectural History
5. Best Book on Contemporary Architecture
6. Best Contribution to Design History
7. Best Book on Contemporary Design
8. Best Book Design
Chaired by Richard Schlagman, the panel of judges of 2019 will comprise Iwona Blazwick, Director at Whitechapel Gallery; architect Adam Caruso; freelance art critic and Authors’ Club member Sue Hubbard; Turner Prize nominee artist Dexter Dalwood; art historian, curator and co-director of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art Maja Fowkes; and London-based art historian Emily King. The visual identity for the new awards has been designed by Astrid Stavro (Pentagram).
The winners will be announced and each will be presented with a specially designed trophy at the Whitechapel Gallery’s London Art Book Fair on 5 September 2019.
For information on submissions, please visit the Whitechapel Gallery website.