The short list for the Art Book Prize 2014 has been announced by the judges Giles Waterfield, Mark Jones, Daniel Hermann, and Joanna Woodall.

The shortlist was selected from an extraordinary long list of twenty titles covering a range and breadth of submissions on art and architecture.

The chairperson of the judges, Giles Waterfield, especially commended the range and breadth of this year’s submissions and emphasised the difficulty of selecting the shortlist, explaining that the process involved much lively discussion.

The titles selected for the short list:

  1. Joel Düwel and Niels Gutschow (eds.), A Blessing in Disguise: War and Town Planning in Europe 1940-1945 (DOM Publishers)
  2. Mark HallettReynolds: Portraiture in Action (Paul Mellon Centre, Yale UP)
  3. Donal Cooper and Janet RobsonThe Making of Assisi: The Pope, the Franciscans and the Painting of the Basilica (Yale UP)
  4. Christine StevensonThe City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration London (Paul Mellon Centre, Yale UP)
  5. Elisabeth Fairman (ed.), Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists Books and the Natural World (Yale Centre for British Art/Yale UP)
  6.  James HamiltonA Strange Business (Atlantic Books)
  7.  Joseph Markovitch and Martin UsborneI’ve lived in East London for 86 and half years (Hoxton Mini Press)

The ART BOOK PRIZE will be presented at a reception at the National Liberal Club – the new home of the prize administrator, Authors’ Club – on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.  The prize will be presented by special guest speaker, Tim Marlow, author, broadcaster, art historian and Director of Artistic Programmes, the Royal Academy of Arts.



Administered by the Authors’ Club and supported by The Art Newspaper, the Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture published in English, anywhere in the world in the past year. The award aims to do for the visual arts what the MAN Booker has done for the novel. The 2014 panel of judges is comprised of:

Giles Waterfield, curator, museum historian, lecturer and novelist,

Professor Joanna Woodall of the Courtauld Institute of Art,

Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College Oxford and former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and

Daniel Hermann, Eisler Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.