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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Works: 1,303 works in 2,233 publications in 2 languages and 87,071 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Catalogs  Pictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition, pictorial works  Art  Biography 
Roles: Other, Publisher, sht, his, Editor, Organizer of meeting, Sponsor
Classifications: TR647, 759.13
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Cézanne : the late work : essays by Paul Cézanne( Book )

7 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masks : faces of culture by John W Nunley( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Transporting readers across centuries and continents, this volume presents masks from all over the world. 200 colorplates provide such stunning and diverse examples as an intricately carved coronation mask from Cameroon; an exquisite gold Egyptian mummy mask; colorful Mexican Day of the Dead masks; and breathtaking Noh theater masks from Japan." "Accompanying the photographs are essays tracing the functions of masks throughout history, written by scholars in the fields of art history, anthropology, decorative arts and design, and theater. John Nunley examines cross-cultural themes in his discussion of the origins of masks and their use in rituals. He also analyzes the phenomenon of men who "cross-dress" in masquerade, because women are not allowed to wear masks in many societies." "John Emigh and Lesley K. Ferris explore the role of masks in theater, whose roots lie in ritual performance. Cara McCarty looks at the ways in which masks are featured in the medium of film as well. But these artistic examples are not the only masks found in industrial societies. McCarty also discusses the proliferation of masks for physical protection, in areas such as military combat, sports competitions, and space exploration."--Jacket
The Art of photography, 1839-1989 by Houston Museum of Fine Arts( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quilts of Gee's Bend by John Beardsley( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the lives of the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, who for more than 150 years have made quilts reflecting their history and daily lives. Having worked in isolation for generations and continuing to inhabit the remote plantation land their parents once slaved, they have received unexpected attention from the artistic world
Walker Evans by Walker Evans( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shares selected images from the American photographer's life's work, and analyzes a career that spanned more than four decades
Lee Krasner : a retrospective by Barbara Rose( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapes by Art Institute of Chicago( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lavishly illustrated catalog of a traveling exhibition marking the Columbus quincentennial explores the common threads in fourteen pre-Columbian cultures, from the Olmec, Maya and Aztec of Mexico and Guatemala through the Chavin culture (900-200 B.C.) of the Andes to the Moche, Chimu and the Inca empire, accompanied by essays from 26 scholars examining sacred geographies, myths and ancient beliefs as they are transmitted through visual arts and architecture
Tina Modotti : photographs by Sarah M Lowe( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first serious art-historical study of the photographic achievement of Tina Modotti (1896-1942). Modotti's photographic career spanned a brief but intense seven years (1923-30) when she lived in Mexico and became committed to revolutionary Communism. The beautifully reproduced duotone images in this book include portraits, still lifes (among them, Modotti's memorable "revolutionary icons" incorporating an ear of dried corn, a bandolier, a sickle, and a guitar), Mexican workers, folk art, street photographs, architectural studies, and flowers and plants. They have been selected to represent the full range of Modotti's esthetic imagination, and nearly half have rarely or never been reproduced before. In an informative biographical and critical essay based on exhaustive research, Sarah M. Lowe, curator, art historian, author of a book about Frida Kahlo, and contributor to Abrams' The Diary of Frida Kahlo, explores the forces that shaped Modotti's early family influences in Italy; her formative experiences in the bohemian communities of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1910s; the relationship with legendary American photographer Edward Weston that provided her with her first photographic training; and the artistic and political circles she entered in Mexico. Lowe casts new light on Modotti's Mexican years, describing her relationships with a constellation of powerful artists, critics, activists, and journalists. Tina Modotti: Photographs is the catalogue of the first comprehensive exhibition of Modotti's work, organized on the occasion of the centennial of her birth by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Hispanic art in the United States : thirty contemporary painters & sculptors by John Beardsley( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Neel : painted truths by Alice Neel( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the themes and stylistic developments of the art of Alice Neel, one of the greatest American painters of the twentieth century, with works spanning nearly seven decades, four essays and additional texts addressing themes and specific works, three artists' appreciations, and a chronology and bibliography"--Provided by publisher
The art of John Biggers : view from the upper room by Alvia J Wardlaw( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalog of a traveling exhibition first held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Apr. 2-Aug. 28, 1995
Treasures of the Holy Land : ancient art from the Israel Museum by Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem)( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art and history of the Holy Land are presented here by distinguished members of the curatorial staff of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. A series of essays examines this land's rich complexity from prehistory through the Islamic conquest of A.D. 640, and almost two hundred works of art are discussed in texts that explore their cultural, historical, religious, and aesthetic significance. Maps, site photographs, and comparative illustrations add to the reader's appreciation of a land whose great intellectual force continues to mold today's world
American prospects : photographs by Joel Sternfeld( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient art of the American Woodland Indians by David S Brose( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faking it : manipulated photography before Photoshop by Mia Fineman( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is a long-held truism that 'the camera does not lie'. Yet, as Mia Fineman argues in this illuminating volume, that statement contains its own share of untruth. While modern technological innovations, such as Adobe's Photoshop software, have accustomed viewers to more obvious levels of image manipulation, the practice of "doctoring" photographs has in fact existed since the medium was invented. In "Faking It", Fineman demonstrates that today's digitally manipulated images are part of a continuum that begins with the earliest years of photography, encompassing methods as diverse as overpainting, multiple exposure, negative retouching, combination printing, and photomontage. Among the book's revelations are previously unknown and never before published images that document the acts of manipulation behind two canonical works of modern photography: one blatantly fantastical (Yves Klein's "Leap into the Void" of 1960); the other a purportedly unadulterated record of a real place in time (Paul Strand's "City Hall Park" of 1915). Featuring 160 captivating pictures created between the 1840s and 1990s in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, and commerce, "Faking It" provides an essential counterhistory of photography as an inspired blend of fabricated truths and artful falsehoods."--Publisher's website
The golden age of Chinese archaeology : celebrated discoveries from the People's Republic of China( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the last fifty years, archaeological discoveries have altered traditional beliefs on the formation and development of the civilization of ancient China. This book and the exhibition that it accompanies cover the period from 5000 BCE to the 10th-century C.E. presenting more than 170 masterpieces in jade, stone, ivory bone, pottery, bronze, lacquer, bamboo, gold, and silver. Together these astonishing objects demonstrate that highly advanced artistic cultures originated in and flowered throughout a vast area. Earlier generations of scholars believed that a much smaller area, the Yellow River Valley, was the principal source and locus of Chinese civilization."--Jacket
The history of Japanese photography by Anne Tucker( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past 150 years, Japanese photographers have created an impressive body of work that ranges from dignified imperial portraits to sweeping urban panoramas, from early ethereal landscapes to modern urban mysteries. Despite the richness, significance, and variety of this work, however, it has largely been neglected in Western histories of photography. This gorgeous and groundbreaking book - the first comprehensive account of Japanese photography from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day - reveals to English-speaking audiences the importance and beauty of this art form."--Jacket
The painters' America: rural and urban life, 1810-1910 by Patricia Hills( Book )

5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italian paintings XIV-XVI centuries in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by Houston Museum of Fine Arts( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first catalogue raisonne to be published on the distinguished collection of late medieval and Renaissance Italian paintings held in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. These include significant bequests from New York collector Percy Straus, Samuel H. Kress and others. The collection comprises works from major artistic centers, exemplifying major stylistic developments and characteristic genres. Included are works by Fra Angelico, Giovanni di Paolo, the Master of the Straus Madonna, Lorenzo Lotto, Veronese, and Bartolommeo Veneto. Dr Wilson's meticulously researched text is the first comprehensive and in-depth treatment of these holdings. The paintings are presented in rich art-historical contexts and recent technical studies are well illustrated, as are comparative works of art. The greater part of the collection has been examined through infrared reflectography, on which Molly Faries contributes an important essay. Also included are a history of the collection and transcripts of previously unpublished letters from Bernard Berenson and contemporary connoisseurs. An invaluable tool for Renaissance specialists and students, the book will also appeal to the general reader interested in this important period of European painting
Miniature size, magical quality : Nasca art from the Glassell collection by Houston Museum of Fine Arts( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents a previously unpublished group of Nasca miniature objects from the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. The miniatures, a majority of which first existed in pairs, date to about 600 A.D. and most were carved from or incorporate spondylus shell"--Provided by publisher
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Masks : faces of culture
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English (151)

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The Art of photography, 1839-1989The quilts of Gee's BendWalker EvansThe Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapesTina Modotti : photographsAlice Neel : painted truthsThe art of John Biggers : view from the upper roomAmerican prospects : photographs