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Former LACMA curator Mary Levkoff wins prize for Hearst book

November 23, 2011 | 10:41 am


Mary Levkoff, a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and a former curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has won a book prize for her monograph "Hearst the Collector."

Levkoff is receiving the Sotheby's Book Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting in America, which is handed out by the Frick Collection's Center for the History of Collecting. Levkoff served as LACMA's curator of European sculpture and classical antiquities before leaving for the National Gallery in 2009.

The Frick's award is handed out every other year and comes with a $25,000 prize.

"Hearst the Collector" appeared in 2008, published by Abrams in conjunction with LACMA . The book was tied to the 2008 LACMA exhibition that focused on the collection of William Randolph Hearst, the publishing tycoon and inspiration for Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane."

The LACMA exhibition featured approximately 150 objects that once belonged to Hearst, including some objects from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., as well as from museums around the world.

Levkoff is expected to pick up her award at a reception hosted at the Frick Collection on Dec. 6.


Hearst, off the hill

Art review: "Hearst the Collector" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

-- David Ng

Photo: William Randolph Hearst holds his 3-year-old grandson, John Randolph Hearst Jr., in 1937. Credit: Associated Press