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Apollo Awards 2015

Apollo Awards 2015: Book of the Year Shortlist

19 November 2015

The Shortlists
Acquisition of the YearBook of the Year | Exhibition of the Year | Digital Innovation of the Year | Museum Opening of the Year

The Apollo Book of the Year Award recognises publications that have contributed significantly to their field, both advancing scholarly research and extending its public reach. The winner will be announced in the December issue of Apollo.

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

Nancy Princenthal
Thames and Hudson, £24.95
ISBN 9780500093900

The first critical biography of Agnes Martin is a thorough and illuminating exploration of the minimalist painter’s complicated life and zen-like art. Princenthal is careful to distinguish between Martin’s schizophrenia and her artistic visions, and, given that there is no central archive of Martin’s papers, her research from New York to New Mexico is all the more impressive.

Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes

Ken Jacobson and Jenny Jacobson
Bernard Quaritch Ltd, £85
ISBN 9780956301277

In 2006, the authors discovered 188 daguerreotypes of Venice, Tuscany, France, and Switzerland by John Ruskin. Their subsequent book is of great significance for the history of photography and for an understanding of the influential art critic. It is also a gripping detective story and a tale of the survival of a remarkable artistic legacy.

The People’s Galleries: Art Museums and Exhibitions in Britain, 1800–1914

Giles Waterfield
Yale University Press, £45
ISBN 9780300209846

This groundbreaking study of the founding and operation of the UK’s major regional museums is a much-needed piece of research. Waterfield provides valuable insights into institutions that have long been overlooked compared to those in London. And, at a time when these museums are under pressure, he underlines their centrality to Victorian civic values and a belief in public education.

The Sculpture of Tullio Lombardo

Anne Markham Schulz
Harvey Miller Publishers for VISTAS, €140
ISBN 9781909400177

In the first full monograph about Tullio Lombardo, Anne Markham Schulz rescues the Italian Renaissance sculptor, who received only a passing mention from Vasari, from his relative obscurity. And as the first volume in a series from VISTAS (Virtual Images of Sculpture in Time and Space), the book is notable for its high-resolution photography, which can be further explored online.

Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945–1975

Elain Harwood
Yale University Press, £50
ISBN 9780300204469

Harwood’s magnificently produced tome about post-war architecture, with accom-panying photographs by James O. Davies, is the result of nearly two decades of research. The book can be read as a work of reference, and, in a few worrying cases, as a watchlist for endangered buildings. Harwood’s survey also presents several buildings and architectural practices that deserve to be better known.

Apollo Award Winners 2015
Personality | Artist | Acquisition | Exhibition | Digital Innovation | Book | Museum Opening