Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award

The Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding exhibition catalogue published in a given calendar year that makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of modern art or modernism. This award is given in addition to, and as the complement of, the Robert Motherwell Book Award.


Nomination Criteria

Eligibility for the 2018 award is limited to catalogues published in 2017, in English, that make a significant contribution to the understanding of modern art or modernism. (Our definition of modernism is broad and we will consider catalogues that deal with art created between the nineteenth century and the present.) Along with documenting an exhibition, eligible catalogues should feature essays that expand and illuminate in innovative ways knowledge about the subject of the exhibition. Eligible catalogues should consist primarily of new, unpublished material.


Nomination Timeline & Procedure

Museums, galleries, and publishers may nominate any exhibition catalogues published in 2017 that they believe merit the jury’s consideration. Nominations may be sent to beginning November 1, and will be accepted until December 15. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday will be extended to the next business day. Nominations should include the catalogue's title, editors, authors and a 75 word précis.


Publishers of catalogues that the jury wishes to further consider will be contacted in February 2018, and asked to ship review copies directly to each of the three members of the jury.


Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Honorable Mention:

David Campany, A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic (Le Bal/Mack)


Helen Molesworth, with Ruth Erikson, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 (Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Yale University Press)

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
The Museum of Modern Art
Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Honorable Mention: Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. With essays by Maxwell K. Hearn and Wu Hung.

Inventing Abstraction 1910–1925: How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

Honorable Mention: More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness, published by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and DelMonico Books/ Prestel. With essays by Elizabeth Armstrong, D. Graham Burnett, Tom Gunning, Norman Klein, Carrie Lamber-Beatty, Mark Levy, and Glenn Lowry.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, And The Parisian Avant-Garde
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Honorable Mention: The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951. Mason Klein and Catherine Evans; with contributions by Maurice Berger, Michael Lesy, and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Mason Klein and Catherine Evans, with Maurice Berger, Michael Lesy, and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Published by Yale University Press with The Jewish Museum and the Columbus Museum of Art.