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Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.)

Works: 254 works in 676 publications in 4 languages and 23,865 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition, pictorial works  Catalogs  Art  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Publisher, Other, Organizer of meeting
Classifications: N8232, 709.2
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Winslow Homer's images of Blacks : the Civil War and Reconstruction years by Peter H Wood( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Ernst : Dada and the dawn of surrealism by William A Camfield( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The image of the Black in western art by Hugh Honour( Book )

in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The 1960s, as a response to segregation in the United States, the influential art patron Dominique de Menil began a research project and photo archive called The Image of the Black in Western Art. Now, fifty years later, as the first American president of African American descent serves his historic term in office, her mission has been re-invigorated through the collaboration of Harvard University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research to present new editions of the coveted five original books and the anticipated new volumes which shall complete the series. The completed set will include ten sumptuous books in five volumes with up-to-date introductions and more full-color illustrations, printed on high-quality art stock for books that will last a lifetime. This monumental publication offers expert commentary and a lavishly illustrated history of the representations of people of African descent ranging from the ancient images of Pharaohs created by unknown hands to the works of the great European masters such as Bosch, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Hogarth to stunning new creations by contemporary black artists. Featuring thousands of beautiful, moving, and often little-known images of black people, including queens and slaves, saints and soldiers, children and gods, The Image of the Black in Western Art provides a treasury of masterpieces from four millennia--a testament to the black experience in the West and a tribute to art's enduring power to shape our common humanity. Volume II, Part 1, written largely by the noted French scholar Jean Devisse, has established itself as a classic in the field of medieval art. It surveys as never before the presence of black people, mainly mythical, in art from the early Christian era to the fourteenth century. The extraordinary transformation of Saint Maurice into a black African saint, the subject of many noble and deeply touching images, is a highlight of this volume. The new introduction by Paul Kaplan provides a fresh perspective on the image of the black in medieval European art and contextualizes the classic essays on the subject. --Book Jacket
Braque : the late works by John Golding( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Beuys : actions, vitrines, environments by Mark Rosenthal( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Beuys (1921-86) - the German sculptor and performance artist - became one of the most influential figures in modern and contemporary art. His charismatic presence, extraordinary life, and unconventional artistic style (incorporating ritualized movement and sound, and materials such as fat, felt, earth, honey, blood, and even dead animals) gained him international fame and notoriety from the 1960s through the 1980s. Beuys's innovative influence is particularly felt in the field of sculpture, whose definition he expanded to encompass performance art, vitrine cases, and site-specific environments." "With a comprehensive chronology of Beuys's activities as an artist and activist, this book is essential for those interested in the life, work, and legacy of one of the art world's most intriguing figures."--Jacket
Eva Hesse drawing by Eva Hesse( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was a highly experimental artist who continually challenged the conventions of her time. For Hesse, drawing played a unique role, providing the nexus between her works in all media. "Eva Hesse Drawing" is the first book to explore her drawing process, following her work from drawing to painting and sculpture, and always back to drawing. The book features important, recently rediscovered 'working drawings', providing an intimate look at Hesse's everyday practice and methodology. An accomplished draftswoman, Hesse began to develop her wandering, tentative line while studying at Yale University in the late 1950s. Her early 1960s works on paper engaged with visual vocabularies from geometry to biomorphic abstraction. In 1965, Hesse combined her tactile sensibility for materials with her stringlike line to achieve a breakthrough in her astonishing reliefs, bridging the space between two and three dimensions. Balancing the disembodiment of line with its intensified materialisation, Hesse went on to develop one of the most innovative oeuvres of the twentieth century, anticipating the hybridisation of media and crossing borderlines linking one impossible space to another
African Zion : the sacred art of Ethiopia by Marilyn Eiseman Heldman( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Rauschenberg : cardboards and related pieces by Robert Rauschenberg( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kurt Schwitters : color and collage by Kurt Schwitters( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known for his extraordinary abstract collages, Kurt Schwitters is one of the most influential figures of the international avant-garde. This volume emphasizes the significance of colour and light in the artist's work, as well as delving into the relationship between collage and painting
Joseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp --in resonance by Joseph Cornell( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and German and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book chronicles the friendship and working relationship between Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), two of the twentieth century's most innovative and influential artists. Joseph Cornell/Marcel resonance publishes for the first time the Duchamp Dossier (c. 1942-53) - a hitherto publicly unknown collection compiled by Cornell and discovered in the artist's estate following his death in 1972. The small objects, typed and handwritten notes, and ephemera found within the Duchamp Dossier provide an absorbing record of the interchange between these two artists, which included Cornell's assisting Duchamp on the assembly of his edition de ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Selavy (commonly referred to as the Boite-en-valise)." "Both artists were intrigued by the connection between art and the found object, and they shared a fascination with replicated images and the processes of reproduction. They had parallel interests in optical devices, ephemeral mediums (such as glass, dust, and paper), filmmaking, and graphic design. The book focuses in depth on Duchamp's box editions and Cornell's often neglected "explorations," arranged files of printed matter, notes, and ephemera related to individuals or specific themes."--BOOK JACKET
The surreal Calder by Alexander Calder( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is a key presence in the history of modern art, and yet he is rarely seen or remembered in the context from which he initially emerged as an artist. When Calder became "Calder"--Well known for his signature mobiles and stabiles-it was due to a unique variety of presiding influences. His artistic parentage consisted of Marcel Duchamp, who provided the name of and concept for the mobile; Piet Mondrian, who introduced pure abstraction to him; and Joan Miro, who communicated the central theses of Surrealism. Although Calder went on to play a major role in Surrealist manifestations during the formative years of the movement, including being shown in the defining 1936 "Exposition surrealiste d'objets" in Paris, he has since been separated from those beginnings. Indeed, at this point in time, Calder is never included in exhibitions of Surrealist art, even though he was incubated by that phenomenon and contributed mightily to it. This book will put the artist back in midst of Surrealism so that his achievement is more profoundly understood within that context. Works by artists such as Miro, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, and Rene Magritte will delineate the Surrealist milieu and some of its chief aspects. The following theses are also explored: Calder's wit, caricature, and linear flights of fancy; his marvelous personages and fantastic creatures; biomorphic forms from an imaginary vision of nature; and his constellations, apparent views of celestial space
Klee and America by Paul Klee( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the reasons for Paul Klee's enthusiastic reception in the United States, especially during the 1930s and 40s, this publication also includes a selection of his 'American' works from this period
Frank Stella 1958 by Harry Cooper( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: For Frank Stella, 1958 was a crucial year. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to Manhattan and painted a series of monumental, colorful canvases that culminated in the first of his famous "black paintings." This fascinating book focuses on the thirty works he painted that year. The paintings reflect his transformation from a student experimenting with abstract expressionism to a highly original artist whose works changed the course of postwar art. Presenting the entire series of paintings in color for the first time (except lost works known only through black-and-white photographs), this handsome book details the course of Stella's career in 1958. The authors situate his work in relation to that of Carl Andre, with whom Stella shared studio space that year, and Jasper Johns. Their analysis draws on concepts of originality, repetition, assemblage, and optimality. Drawing on new archival findings, firsthand observations of the paintings, and interviews with Stella and members of his circle, this volume enriches our understanding of a fascinating and critical stage in the artist's development
Magritte : the mystery of the ordinary, 1926-1938 by Ren Magritte( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 focuses on the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century's most extraordinary images. Bringing together nearly 80 paintings, periodicals and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a revolutionary painter and surrealist artist. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, challenge the real world, and concluding in 1938 a historically and biographically significant moment just before the outbreak of World War II. The publication traces central strategies and themes from this seminal period, particularly those of displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, the misnaming of objects, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states. The publication also presents new conservation research on Magritte's materials and techniques, and an illustrated chronology outlining significant moments in the artist's life during this significant period, including travel, connections with other surrealist artists and writers, contributions to journals, and important exhibitions and reviews
The Rothko Chapel paintings : origins, structure, meaning by Sheldon Nodelman( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de wisselwerking tussen schilderijen, plaats en licht, in de Rothko Chapel in Houston van de Amerikaanse artist (1903-1970)
African art : from the Menil collection by Kristina Dyke( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bamana masks and headdresses, Lega ivories, Dogon sculpture, and Benue bronzes are among the many exquisite African artifacts found in the renowned Menil Collection. This stunning book - the first comprehensive catalogue on the de Menil's collection of African art - features 115 of the museum's finest pieces. Dating primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these works come from North Africa and the Sahel, Coastal West Africa, and Central and East Africa." "An essay by Kristina Van Dyke discusses the formation of the collection, which was inspired in part by its relationship to modernist works and by the de Menils' interest in human rights. This insightful text also explains how the couple's visionary spirit was influenced by African art, and it places the African pieces within the context of the whole of the de Menils' collection, in which works from ancient, Byzantine, medieval, modern, Oceanic, and Native American cultures speak to the universal struggle for human understanding. Entries for the selected objects, written by leading scholars in the field, are grouped into sections based on regions."--BOOK JACKET
Pop art : U.S./U.K. connections, 1956-1966 by David E Brauer( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pop Art: U.S./U.K. Connections, 1956-1966 looks only at artwork by American and British practitioners that is considered "pure" Pop. This definition of Pop rests on the adoption of preexisting or received images from mass media sources of advertising, television, and movies - images that convey the personalities, common objects, and scenery of vernacular culture. The techniques utilized, however, varied: the Americans generally used a more reductive method, arriving at a centralized iconic image, while the British preferred an episodic approach that generated an implied narrative. As the essays in this book make clear, Pop Art promoted no specific agenda beyond the investigation of the prevailing American environment."--Jacket
Richard Serra, drawing : a retrospective by Bernice Rose( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description: As the focal point of numerous high-profile exhibitions, the sculpture of Richard Serra (b. 1939) has drawn international acclaim. Yet even those who have marvelled at Serra's intellectually rigorous and large works of sculpture may not be familiar with his equally intriguing drawings. This handsome book brings together for the first time Serra's drawn work, considering the artist's investigation of medium as an activity both independent from and linked to his pioneering sculptural practice. First working in ink, charcoal, and lithographic crayon on paper, Serra originally used drawing as a means to explore form and perceptual relations between his sculpture and the viewer. Over time, his drawings underwent significant shifts in concept, materials, and scale and became fully realized and autonomous works of art. The grand, bold forms he created with black paintstick in his monumental Installation Drawings were designed to disrupt and complement existent spaces and eventually began to occupy entire rooms. In the late 1980s, Serra explored the tension of weight and gravity through layering, and his most recent work experiments with surface effects, using mesh screens as intermediaries between the gesture and the transfer of pigment to paper
Marlene Dumas : measuring your own grave by Marlene Dumas( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director's foreword / Jeremy Strick -- Acknowledgments / Cornelia Butler -- Marlene Dumas : Painter as Witness / Cornelia Butler -- Less Dead / Richard Shiff -- The Binding Factor : The Maternal Gaze of Marlene Dumas / Lisa Gabrielle Mark -- Victoria Falls (for MD) / Matthew Monahan -- Selected Exhibitions -- Selected Bibliography -- Checklist of the Exhibition
Kazimir Malevich : suprematism by Matthew Drutt( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1915, Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) changed the future of Modern art when his experiments in painting led the Russian avant-garde into pure abstraction. He called his innovation Suprematism - an art of pure geometric form meant to be universally comprehensible regardless of cultural or ethnic origin. His Suprematist masterpieces, including Black Square (1915) and White Square on White (1920-27), continue to inspire artists throughout the world." "Accompanying the first exhibition to focus exclusively on this defining moment in Malevich's career, Kazimir Malevich Suprematism features nearly 120 paintings, drawings, and objects, among them several recently rediscovered masterworks. In addition, the book includes previously unpublished letters, texts, and diaries, along with essays by international scholars, who shed new light on this influential figure and his devotion to the spiritual in art."--Jacket
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Max Ernst : Dada and the dawn of surrealism
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Houston (Tex.)

Menil Collection

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Menil Collection, Houston Tex.

Menil Collection Museum

Menil Collection Museum Houston, Tex

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Menil Foundation Collection (Houston, Tex.)

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English (178)

Italian (3)

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The image of the Black in western artBraque : the late worksJoseph Beuys : actions, vitrines, environmentsEva Hesse drawingAfrican Zion : the sacred art of EthiopiaRobert Rauschenberg : cardboards and related piecesKurt Schwitters : color and collageJoseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp --in resonance