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Astrid Stavro designs typographic identity for Whitechapel Gallery’s new visual art books prize


Like books? Like art? Like really well put together books about art? Great. In that case, you’ll be interested to learn of the newly announced Richard Schlagman Art Books Award that’s to be hosted by the Whitechapel Gallery and administered by the Authors’ Club.

Named after the eponymous arts publisher, the awards will “celebrate the importance of books in the dissemination of knowledge and learning about art around the world,” while addressing what the Whitechapel describe as “a vital need to champion the visual arts publishing sector.”

To drum up a bit of buzz around this new entry of art world ceremonies, the team behind the Richard Schlagman prizes have asked Pentagram partner, and It’s Nice That favourite, Astrid Stavro to produce the visual identity.

The winners of the inaugural prize eight categories – which range from Best contribution to art history to Book of the Year – will be announced in September, as part of the gallery’s annual London Art Book Fair event.

Each winner will, we’re told, receive a “specially designed trophy” too.