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Élisabeth Lebovici Wins 2017 Pierre Daix Prize

The 2017 Pierre Daix prize has been awarded to art historian, journalist, and critic Élisabeth Lebovici for her book Ce que le sida m’a fait – Art et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (What AIDS Did to Me: Art and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century), published this year by Editions JRP Ringier in collaboration with La Maison Rouge—Antoine de Galbert Foundation. Established in 2015 by François Pinault as an homage to his friend Pierre Georges Daix—a journalist who became a biographer of the artist Pablo Picasso—the prize, with a grant of $11,800, is awarded each year to a work of modern or contemporary art history generally published during the previous year. Pinault presented the prize to Lebovici today at the Musée National Picasso in Paris.

This year’s jury included Jean-Jacques Aillagon, former French minister of culture and former director of the Centre Pompidou; Laurence Bertrand Dorleac, an art historian, editor, professor, and director of the Laboratoire Arts et Société at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po); Jean-Marie Borzeix, former director of France Culture; Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo; Emmanuel Guigon, director of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; Brigitte Leal, deputy director of the Centre Pompidou; Laurent Le Bon, director of the Musée Picasso Paris; Alain Minc, chief executive officer of AM Conseil; Alfred Pacquement, essayist and former director of the Centre Pompidou; and Marie-Karine Schaub, a historian and professor at the University of Paris-Est Créteil-Val de Marne.