The Association of Art Museum Curators bestowed its 2007 Award for Excellence for the best catalogue of a permanent collection to CODART member Walter Liedtke for his two-volume catalogue of the Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. CODART congratulates our member, who hosted a memorable CODART visit to the exhibition held on the occasion of the publication, on this well-merited distinction.
From the website of the AAMC
Association of Art Museum Curators announces the recipients of the 2007 Annual Awards for Excellence
THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2007 ANNUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) announces its annual Awards for Excellence in the categories of museum catalogues, articles, and exhibitions. Members of the AAMC are eligible for nomination, and awards are determined by the organization’s membership.
This year’s nomination pool marked an all time high for the number of catalogues, essays and exhibitions that we received,” says Sally Block, Director of the AAMC. “Our winners represent the best of the curatorial profession – both in scholarship and dedication to their chosen fields.”
In an exceptionally rich and competitive field of permanent collection catalogues, the AAMC has named Walter Liedtke’s two-volume Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art its highest honor. Jurors cited this as a catalogue whose exemplary scholarship mirrors the quality of the collection it describes and, in addition, soars above its task through the author’s breadth of knowledge and elegant writing. “The author constructed a collection catalogue that is distinguished by focus, originality and great intelligence. This long-term endeavor was written for a scholarly audience, but it communicates a deep understanding of Dutch art and culture in a manner that delivers intellectual weight with an intensity of spirit that parallels the author’s passion for his subject,” says Maureen O’Brien, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and chair of the AAMC Permanent Collection Catalogue jury.
All awards for 2007 will be formally announced at the AAMC Seventh Annual Meeting, to be held May 10th through the 13th in Los Angeles, California.