Jean-Louis Cohen has won the Authors’ Club 2012 Art Book Prize for his “shockingly vivid and illuminating” title about the architectural history of the Second World War.
His Architecture in Uniform: Design and Building for the Second World War (Editions Hazan, distributed by Yale) was awarded the £1,000 prize at a reception at the Victoria Miro Gallery last night (25th February).
Chair of judges Giles Waterfield said: “This was an exceptionally strong field, which illustrates the vigour of publishing in this sector . . . Cohen's argument is shockingly vivid and illuminating in such notable chapters as his analysis of the impact of potential bombing on Le Corbusier's conception of urban design.”
Originally known as the Bannister Fletcher Prize, the Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture published in English in the past year. This is the first year of the relaunch.
Authors’ Club chairman Chris Schuler said: “"The reinvention and relaunch of this historic prize for the best book on art or architecture is immensely exciting, and sees it poised to become the leading award of its kind."
c. Victoria Carew