NYU Museum Studies Director Altshuler Wins Prize for <I>Salon to Biennial</I>-a Chronicle of International Art Exhibitions


New York University Professor Bruce Altshuler, director of NYU’s Program in Museum Studies, has won the Banister Fletcher Award for the best new book on art or architecture for Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume 1 (1863-1959) (Phaidon, 2008). The prize, now in its 56th year, is given by the London-based Authors’ Club.

New York University Professor Bruce Altshuler, director of NYU’s Program in Museum Studies, has won the Banister Fletcher Award for the best new book on art or architecture for Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume 1 (1863-1959) (Phaidon, 2008). The prize, now in its 56th year, is given by the London-based Authors’ Club.

From Fauvism to Surrealism to Cubism to Abstract Expressionism, Salon to Biennial chronicles modern art by documenting the most important international exhibitions from 1863 to 1959. The book includes never-before published documentary material, such as installation images, reviews, floor plans, and catalog excerpts. Among the exhibitions the book explores are “Salon des Refusés” (1863), “Salon de la Section d’Or” (1912), and the Nazi “Degenerate Art” exhibition (1937), which sought to inflame public opinion against modern art.

“One of the most interesting books of the season takes a nothing-but-the-facts bead on a subject of increasing art historical study: the exhibitions that have introduced most modern art to the public,” wrote the 500

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