Cover of 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from The Tsao Family Collection

LACMA Catalogue Wins 2016 George Wittenborn Memorial Award

March 9, 2017

In February, LACMA’s publication 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection received the prestigious 2016 Art Libraries Society of North America George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. Presented annually for outstanding publications in the visual arts and architecture which combine the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production, the award celebrates LACMA’s book for its excellent scholarship and distinctive publishing. The title accompanied the exhibition Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection, curated by Stephen Little, Florence and Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art at LACMA.

LACMA's publisher, Lisa Gabrielle Mark, said, "I wholeheartedly congratulate Stephen Little on receiving the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. This singular achievement underscores LACMA Publications' commitment to original scholarship, sensitive editing, thoughtful design, and top-notch production.17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection documents one of the most turbulent periods in Chinese art; it is a testament to the resilience and creativity of artists who negotiated shifting identities and social upheaval through painting, calligraphy, and poetry. The passion and precision that Stephen and his co-authors brought to their close study of the exquisite works in the Tsao Family Collection are manifest in all aspects of the publication."

You can buy the book, edited by Stephen Little, with contributions by Raoul Birnbaum, Katharine P. Burnett, Jonathan Chaves, Ronald Egan, Wan Kong, and Stephen Little, as well as an interview with Jung Ying Tsao, from the LACMA Store. 

Learn more about the exhibition, which was at LACMA from August 7 through December 4, 2016, on Unframed, from interesting tidbits about the works to how the exhibition was installed to an interview with the collector Jung Ying Tsao.