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Oceania_NewsThe 2014 Art Book Prize was awarded to 'Art in Oceania: A New History'. Administered by the Authors’ Club and supported by The Art Newspaper, the Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture published in English, anywhere in the world in the past year. The award aims to do for the visual arts what the MAN Booker has done for the novel.
    'Amongst extremely tough competition, we awarded this year’s prize to 'Art in Oceania' – a magisterial, nearly encyclopaedic volume on a so far relatively neglected field that is beginning to attract increasing scholarly and popular interest. This one should be on every art lover’s bookshelf.' – Loyd Grossman (Judge for the Art Book Prize)



Chinese LivesFor the second year running Louise Thomas has been nominated for the award of the Longman/History Today Historical Picture Researcher of the Year for a Thames & Hudson title. This year her meticulous and thoughtful work on Chinese Lives has brought her to the attention of the judges.
    Last year Louise's contribution to Gay Life Stories led to her being shortlisted, surpassed only by the prize-winning work of Pauline Hubner for Thames & Hudson's The Great Builders.



Delta Daniel SchwartzDaniel Schwartz has been awarded the prestigious Hans Erni prize for his book Delta: The Perils, Profits and Politics of Water in South and Southeast Asia. There was a prize giving on 23rd November at the Hans Erni Foundation.
‘What a feast … almost every picture reveals Schwartz’s deep understanding of the physical forces that shape the deltas’ – Geographical
The prize is shared by Andreas Seibert who was one of the photographers contributing to Tales from a Globalizing World edited by Daniel Schwartz.



Thames & Hudson appoints new Publishing Director
Thames & Hudson is happy to announce that its new Publishing Director, Sophy Thompson, will be joining the Company on 1 December 2013 alongside its recently appointed CEO Rolf Grisebach. Sophy Thompson comes from Flammarion, Paris, where she was most recently in charge of their substantial illustrated book division, publishing a range of titles from art and lifestyle to general non-fiction, both for the French market and internationally. She was also responsible for Skira Flammarion, a joint venture of these two art publishers with a focus on exhibition catalogues.
    Sophy Thompson holds a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute in London and before that studied Modern Languages at Oxford.



Thames & Hudson appoints new CEO
Rolf Grisebach Thames & Hudson CEOAs part of its succession plans first announced in December 2012, Thames & Hudson Ltd has appointed Rolf Grisebach to be its new Chief Executive Officer starting in September 2013.
    Most recently Rolf Grisebach ran Pearson in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and prior to that headed Macmillan's $250 million Education and STM division in the USA.

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Amazing Amazing Places
Amazing Places Cost NothingAmazing Places Cost Nothing was nominated for Book of the Year by Food and Travel Magazine with a gala night on the 4th of September at the Savoy in London!



Grayson Perry Awarded CBE
Grayson Perry revised editionGrayson Perry has been awarded a CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and his tapestry series 'The Vanity of Small Differences' forms part of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. They can be seen at the Academy until 18th August. See the Royal Academy website for details. Click the cover to see details of the updated and expanded edition edition of T&H’s book.



Thomas Neurath Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award

Thomas Neurath Chairman of Thames & HudsonWe are delighted to announce that Thames & Hudson's chairman Thomas Neurath has been awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation's Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award in association with the World Photography Organisation.



His award will be presented at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony on 25th April 2013.

Michael Wilson, Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation comments:
'Thomas Neurath's passion for books, artists and ideas is evidenced by the incredible range of photographic and moving image titles in the Thames & Hudson catalogue. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is pleased to honour Mr. Neurath for his long-standing commitment to producing excellent and innovative titles across the breadth and depth of publishing on lens-based media.'


Rolling Stones 50 NME Award Nomination
Rolling Stones 50The Rolling Stones have been nominated for four NME Awards including Best Book for The Rolling Stones: 50 !


Picture Research Award
The Great BuildersThames & Hudson picture researcher Pauline Hubner is winner of the Longman-History Today Picture Research Award for her outstanding and original work on The Great Builders. The awards were announced on 9th January 2013 at the Longman-History Today party at The Royal Society.


Stephen Spielberg
Spielberg RetrospectiveStephen Spielberg's 'Lincoln' has received 12 Oscar nominations! The book is a wonderful retrospective of the iconic director's career.
‘Excellent … a remarkably candid and smart study … well worth the price. The stills are gorgeous, and Spielberg’s chipping in here and there with comments on his own work are even-handed and honest’ – Cinemart


Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain
The Pre-RaphaelitesThe Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition is at Tate Britain from 12 September 2012–13 January 2013.

Thames & Hudson’s World of Art series includes the ideal introduction to the movement The Pre-Raphaelites

'It is lively, free of cant, highly intelligent and well-written; above all it is stimulating’ – The Burlington Magazine


Cyclepedia app of the week!
Cyclepedia app5th Jan 2012 – The app version of Cyclepedia was
iPad App of the Week in the UK iTunes/App Store with *****
'As mesmerisingly beautiful an iPad app as you could ever hope to see … Stunning.' – Stephen Fry


Hockney has a go at Hirst
David Hockney (Press Association)On the BBC Today programme on 3 January 2012, David Hockney took a swipe at artists such as Damien Hirst, who use assistants to complete their artworks. See the book which accompanies the 2012 exhibition at the Royal Academy. There has since been some backtracking clarification by the Royal Academy!
Photo: Press Association


Magnum Contact Sheets in the News
Magnum Contact Sheets Collectors EditionBBC Radio 4 Today programme broadcast a wonderful feature on the Magnum Contact Sheets books on 10th November and includes The Magnum contact sheet of Rene Burri's photos of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, in 1963 and David Hurn's photos of the Beatles, recording in Abbey Road in 1964 on the BBC web site.


Street Photography Now Project prizewinners
Street Photography NowThe year-long Street Photography Now Project is now over!
After much discussion, and due to the exceptional quality and breadth of work created throughout the 52 weeks of the Project, the judges were unable to choose just one winner. The two winners are each awarded £500 of Thames & Hudson vouchers, and their work appears on
The Photographers’ Gallery’s website and
Street Photography Now Project website.


David Hockney: A Bigger Message
David Hockney - A Bigger MessageOn 7th September David Hockney launched his forthcoming exhibition A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy. His new book A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford will publish on 26th September 2011. A Bigger Picture is one of the countdown events to the London 2012 festival, and will run from January 21st to April 9th.


Lucian Freud
We are sad to learn of the death on 21st July of the painter Lucian Freud.
'Freud has almost single-handedly redefined the figurative painting of our time'
- Robert Hughes in
'I have long been convinced that Lucien Freud is the real thing: a truly great painter living among us'
Martin Gayford in


Alexandra Harris winner in BBC competition
Romantic ModernsAlexandra Harris, who won last year's Guardian First Book award for Romantic Moderns, is one of the winners in the BBC's XFactor-style search for 10 academics from 'Generation Think'. Matthew Dodd, head of speech programming at Radio 3, said 'We are looking for people with the most interesting ideas who want to share their knowledge and can make fantastic programmes.' The list was whittled down from more than 1,000 applications!
Alexandra Harris's new book Virginia Woolf will be published by Thames & Hudson in September.
See Guardian online


The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship

Celebrating the publication of this intriguing new book, the window of our offices has been brought to life by a display including some of Liliane Lijn's famous 'Koans'. As the artist says 'You should never make anything somebody else can make. I only make things that nobody but me can make. In the 1960s that got me into trouble because I was a woman. No one complained about Judd or Serra getting things fabricated did they?'


T&H signs two more from Alexandra Harris
Alexandra Harris - Author of Romantic Moderns
Thames and Hudson has signed up two new books from Alexandra Harris, who last week won the Guardian First Book Award for her study 'Romantic Moderns'. The first title in the new deal will be a short biography of Virginia Woolf, for publication in autumn 2011. The second, The Weather Glass, will explore the British preoccupation with the weather, from Beowulf onwards.


RoseLee Goldberg Curatorial award
Independent Curators International has awarded RoseLee Goldberg, Director of PERFORMA, the fifth Agnes Gund Curatorial Award for outstanding achievements in the field. Goldberg is honoured for her seminal study, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, a leading text for understanding the development of the genre; and for her work in developing new platforms for the presentation of experimental practice, in particular her vision in the creation of PERFORMA.


Apples go viral!Art The Whole Story As part of the launch of Art: The Whole Story free stickered apples have been distributed to bookshops around the country! The Wallace Collection, The National Gallery, Foyles, Blackwell's Charing Cross Road, Waterstone's Garrick Street, Clerkenwell Tales, London Review bookshop, Hatchard's, Heffers Cambridge, Waterstone's Cambridge, Blackwell's Art & Poster, Oxford


Man with a Blue Scarf
Martin Gayford's intriguing new book is in The Bookseller's list of the top ten most reviewed titles!
One, in The Sunday Times described it as:
‘A portrait of the artist, his adventures with lowlife and royalty alike, and his scathingly witty opinions on art’.
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