The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York has just announced the launch of a biennial prize honoring the publication of a scholarly book that contributes to the understanding of the history of collecting in the United States. The initial award of $25,000 will be made in November; the first three awards will be known as the Sotheby’s Book Prize, thanks to generous funding from the auction house. Nominated books-or museum exhibition catalogues-should address collecting in the United States in any category of the fine and decorative arts, Western or non-Western, from colonial times to the present. For further details or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sotheby’s Prize is the latest addition to the array of programs undertaken by the Center for the History of Collecting in America, which the Frick created in 2007 to encourage scholarship in this area of historical inquiry. This weekend it is holding a free symposium entitled “The American Artist as Collector: From the Enlightenment to the Postwar Era,” which will include lectures by several scholars in the field. The Center also awards two short-term fellowships and a longer-term one for relevant study in the Frick Art Reference Library, the museum, and the Frick’s other resources. Information about these fellowships can be found at www.frick.org/center/fellowships.htm.