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North Texas Art Experts Hitting The Books This Year

by Jerome Weeks 21 May 2014 11:13 AM

Five new exhibition catalogs coming out this year — from our very own curators and art historians.


9780300206708Once again, Yale University Press has put out a new catalog of releases that features a slew of North Texas-related authors, topics and museum connections. Last year, it was All-DMA (YUP and the DMA have had a long relationship.) But this year, it’s the DMA, the Kimbell and the Amon Carter. As usual, most of the books coming out are exhibition catalogs tied to shows opening here this year. For instance, Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River will be released in October when an exhibition of the same name about the great American frontier painter will be at the Amon Carter (before traveling to St. Louis and the Met in New York). Three of the people involved in putting the book together are Claire Barry, the Kimbell’s director of conservation, and Andrew Walker, director of the Amon Carter, along with Margaret Conrads, the Carter’s deputy director of art and research.

Similarly, Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cezanne, by the DMA’s associate director, Olivier Meslay, and William Jordan, a DMA trustee, will come out in August. That particular show, an overview of 116 artworks from the French Revolution to World War I, will already be on display in Dallas.

Meslay also contributed an essay to Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting in 19th-Century France, which is co-edited by the DMA’s associate curator of European art, Heather MacDonald. That show opens in late October in Dallas before heading to Virginia and Denver.

9780300207217Finally, there are two different books on Impressionism being released. Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musee d’Orsay was co-written by George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell, where the exhibition will be this October. The Musee has one of the great collection of Impressionist art, and Faces, as its title indicates, examined the development of the portrait by such masters as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. Unfortunately for us, the other exhibition, American Impressionism: A New Vision, 1880-1900  — a show of works by Whistler, Sargent, Cassatt and Hassam — will not be coming anywhere near North Texas. It’ll be in France, Edinburgh and Madrid. The catalog was co-written by Richard Brettell, UTD professor, DMN art critic and former DMA head.

It should be noted that, officially, most of these titles are being published by the different museums’ own labels. But they’re all being distributed by YUP.