Mark Polizzotti, the publisher and editor in chief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be awarded the insignia of chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Embassy cultural counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur.
Prior to becoming the Met’s publisher in 2010, Polizzotti worked as a translator and editor of numerous exhibition catalogues, including several dedicated to the work of French artists, such as The Private Collection of Edgar Degas (1997), Cézanne to Van Gogh: The Collection of Doctor Gachet (1999), and Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (2009).
Polizzotti has authored several books, including Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995) and a monograph on the French poet Lautréamont, and has translated more than forty French books, including the works of Gustave Flaubert, André Breton, Marguerite Duras, and Raymond Roussel. He received a bachelor’s degree in French and comparative literature from Yale University in 1979 and a master’s degree in French literature from Columbia University in 1983. Polizzotti is also a member of the French Voices jury, which supports American publishers and translators to make the best of French contemporary writing available in the US.
The Order of Arts and Letters was established by the French government in 1957 to recognize people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.