Guggenheim Museum Publications Win 50 Books/50 Covers Award

The Guggenheim Museum announce that its publications Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective and The Hugo Boss Prize 2012 were selected as winners in the 2012 50 Books/50 Covers competition. Elected for the 50 Books category, the titles were chosen from more than 1,200 entries published in a dozen countries. In other publications news, the Guggenheim will release three new e-books this summer.

Designed by Mevis & van Deursen, Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive monograph on Rineke Dijkstra to be published in the United States. The exhibition catalogue was printed to accompany the mid-career survey of the Dutch artist’s photography and video presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in 2012. The second winning publication, The Hugo Boss Prize 2012, features an innovative design by Sara De Bondt with six sections conceived by the 2012 finalists for the renowned contemporary art award: Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie, Monika Sosnowska, Danh Vo, and Tris Vonna-Michell.

Inspired by the 1922 Fifty Books of the Year exhibition organized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (now AIGA), 50 Books/50 Covers was established in 1924 and has since evolved into an online collaboration between AIGA, Designers & Books, and Design Observer to encourage international nominations. Each year, a 35-person advisory panel selects 50 books and 50 covers to recognize as the best-designed print publications. As stated by Design Observer, “it is clear from the winning entries that designers and publishers are not just resigned to the new world but are actively challenging it. . . . The books this year demonstrate astonishing attention to craft, as well as startling ambitions to disrupt expectations about what constitutes a ‘traditional’ book in the first place.”

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