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Terra Foundation Awards Nearly $100K in Publication Grants to Advance American Art Scholarship

November 27, 2012

Chicago, IL—Anael Lejeune, who translated American art historian Branden Joseph’s seminal book Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde into French, is among ten recipients of Terra Foundation for American Art publication grants, which totaled $96,000 in 2012. Submissions for next year’s grants are being accepted through January 15, 2013.

“These grants encourage international scholarship on American art by supporting scholars worldwide who demonstrate excellence and originality in the field,” explained Francesca Rose, head of publications and communications at the Terra Foundation. “Additionally, they help disseminate American art resources worldwide and promote publications with an international dimension, whether it is in the topic addressed or in the nature of the publication, such as a translation or a book written by non-U.S. scholars.”

For example, Andrew Hemingway’s book The Mysticism of Money: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America rediscovers three neglected artists—Stefan Hirsch, Louis Lozowick, George Ault—and reassesses their role in the Precisionist art movement. “This book rightly repositions the three artists within the context of European, and particularly German, avant-garde ideas and practices.” added Rose.

Proposals from seven different countries—Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the U.S.—received grants ranging from $5,000 to $17,000. Recipients of this year’s Terra Foundation for American Art publication grants are:

  • Periscope for The Mysticism of Money: Precionist Painting and Machine Age America, by Andrew Hemingway, Publisher: Periscope, USA
  • François Brunet for L’Amérique des images. Histoire et culture des images aux Etats-Unis, edited by François Brunet, et. al., Publisher: Hazan, France
  • John Davis for A Companion to American Art, edited by John Davis, Jennifer A. Greenhill and Jason D. LaFountain, Publisher: Wiley Blackwell Press, USA
  • Anael Lejeune for Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg et la Néo-Avant-Garde, by Branden W. Joseph, Publisher: SIC, Belgium
  • Jean-Pierre Montier and Jay Bochner for Carrefour Stieglitz, edited by Jay Bochner and Jean-Pierre Montier, Publisher: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, France
  • Jean-Pierre Criqui for Ad Reinhardt, L’Art en Tant qu’Art, edited by Jean-Pierre Criqui, Publisher: Macula, France
  • Yale University Press for Mexico and American Modernism, by Ellen G. Landau, Publisher: Yale University Press, USA
  • Vera Pereira for Andy Warhol, by Arthur C. Danto, Publisher: Cosac Naify, Brazil
  • Riccardo Venturi for Arte e Cultura: Saggi Critici, by Clement Greenberg, Publisher: Umberto Allemandi, Italy
  • Elvan Zabunyan for Theresa Hak Kyung Cha ou la scène artistique de Berkeley (1968-1980), by Elvan Zabunyan, Publisher: Les Presses du Réel, France

Terra Foundation publication grants provide support for scholarly books and articles in print or digital formats that address historical art of the United States, circa 1500–1980, and:

  • Translate works originally written or published in English;
  • Result in English-language translations of works originally written or published in another language,
  • Examine American art in an international context;
  • Are written by non-U.S. scholars or that have a significant number of non-U.S. contributors; or
  • Are slated for publication outside the U.S.

For a detailed list of grant requirements, please visit

Terra Foundation for American Art

Established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States. With financial resources of more than $250 million, an exceptional collection of American art from the colonial era to 1945, and an expansive grant program, it is one of the leading foundations focused on American art, and devotes approximately $12 million annually in support of American art exhibitions, projects, and research worldwide.