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Vizcaya publication is short listed for prestigious Alice award

Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic among those selected by Furthermore grants in publishing

MIAMI (July 26, 2017)

Vizcaya's publication, Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic, has been short listed for the prestigious Alice award given for the exemplary publication of an illustrated book.

The $25,000 annual Alice award is presented by Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and is given to a book that represents excellence in all aspects of the work, from idea to design to quality of production. The books on the short list are being awarded $5,000 each.

The 2017 short listed books are:

  • From Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami FL, Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic edited by Gina Wouters and Andrea Gollin. Published by The Monacelli Press.
  • From Bard Graduate Center, New York NY, Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions edited by Jean-Philippe Garric. Co-published by the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Château de Fontainebleau, Réunion des musées nationaux--Grand Palais, and Yale University Press.
  • From Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis MO, Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan by Philip K. Hu and Rhiannon Paget. Co-published by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the University of Washington Press.
  • From Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York NY, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 by Melissa Rachleff. Co-published by the Grey Art Gallery and DelMonico Books*Prestel.

The Alice Jury includes:

  • R.O. Blechman/Illustrator
  • Paula Cooper/Director, Paula Cooper Gallery
  • David Godine/Publisher
  • Jock Reynolds/Director, Yale University Art Gallery, Chair

"Our hope," said a member of the jury, "is that the Alice will buttress the kind of slow reading movement that can encourage readers to recognize and cherish the undying qualities of the well-made book: beyond ideas, its shape and heft, the aptness of its paper and typography and design, and the special sense of intimacy it affords—and will help to keep such books coming in the years ahead."

The Alice award will be announced on the Furthermore web site ( on October 9 and 12 noon and presented at the Strand Book Store in New York on November 1, 2017.

Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic can be purchased at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Café and Shop or online at


Note to editors: The following are links to selected published reviews of Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic, which have appeared in: Architectural Digest; The Miami Herald; and The Miami Rail.