The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting has awarded its biennial book prize for a distinguished publication on the history of collecting in America to Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman by Margaret K. Hofer and Roberta J. M. Olson, with contributions by Kenneth L. Ames, Barbara Haskell, Cynthia Nadelman, and Elizabeth Stillinger (published in 2015 by the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in association with D Giles Limited, London). An award ceremony will take place at The Frick Collection in New York City on January 11.
Frick director Ian Wardropper said, “The Frick offers warm congratulations to the authors and essay writers of Making It Modern, the first major examination of the groundbreaking folk art collection assembled by sculptor Elie Nadelman and his wife, Viola. It looks to the vast body of over 15,000 works acquired by the Nadelmans, showcasing the range of their collection, from furniture to paintings, to ceramics, glass, textiles, watercolors, and household tools. Lavishly illustrated, the book brings together essays by distinguished scholars who consider the very definition of folk art, both as the Nadelmans saw it and as we view this area of collecting today.”
Inge Reist, director of the Center for the History of Collecting and a member of the prize jury, said, “This beautifully produced publication conveys the essence of the Nadelmans’ passions and approaches to collecting through impeccably researched essays that bring to light a wealth of archival material. In addition to so deeply delving into the activities and motivations of the couple, the book examines their interest in context, as pioneer collectors of this category of art and as standard-bearers for ‘legitimizing’ utilitarian objects as worthy of serious attention. The book’s essays are each dedicated to a particular aspect of the Nadelmans’ collecting, and the volume thus enables the reader to appreciate their influences, as well as how they influenced others.”
For information and inquiries regarding the 2019 prize, please contact <[email protected]>.
Originally published in the January 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest