RISD Museum Curators Win Book Prize
Congrats to curators Jan Howard and Judith Tannenbaum, contributors to “Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art” (Yale University Art Gallery, 2011). The book was recently honored with the Sotheby’s Book Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting in America, awarded by the Frick Center for the History of Collecting.
Howard and Tannenbaum share the prize with their co-authors.
“It’s a great tribute to Richard Brown Baker, and terrific that Jan and Judith’s work has been acknowledged in this way,” says John W. Smith, director of the RISD Museum.
Howard is the RISD Museum’s curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Tannenbaum is the former Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art and now an adjunct curator. They co-curated the fall 2011 exhibition “Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection” — celebrating the prominent collector and Providence native, his gift of his extensive contemporary British art collection, and his support for the RISD Museum’s continued acquisition of contemporary British art.
Highlighting 130 works, “Get There First, Decide Promptly” is the first complete history of Baker’s important collection, with essays contextualizing each of the five decades of Baker’s collecting efforts and entries on individual artists that illustrate the remarkable scope of Baker’s holdings. Throughout the publication, firsthand accounts from Baker’s extensive personal journals describe his activities within the dynamic New York art scene of the day.