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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Works: 26,572 works in 28,175 publications in 3 languages and 121,519 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Art  Biographies  Guidebooks  Catalogues raisonnés 
Roles: Editor, Other, his, isb, Curator, 475, Contributor, Publisher, Collector, Sponsor, Organizer of meeting
Classifications: ND553.C33, 759.13
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Cézanne : the late work : essays by Paul Cézanne( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published on the occasion of the exhibition ... organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Reunion des musees nationaux, France, and shown also at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston."
Masks : faces of culture by John W Nunley( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,228 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 )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This magnificently illustrated book, which features over 80 colour and 400 black-and-white illustrations, provides a comprehensive introduction to photographic art over the last 150 years. It takes the reader on a historical journey of discovery - through the traditional genres of portraiture, landscape and still life, and the major stylistic changes of realism, modernism, documentary, and Post-modernism - to describe with choice examples photography's exciting evolution. This engrossing book, which includes new essays in the field, reprints of historic texts, and a wealth of the world's most famous and best known images, is the catalogue for an exhibition, organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which opened in Houston in February 1989, moved on to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra in June and from there to the Royal Academy of Arts, London in September 1989
Ancient art of the American Woodland Indians by David S Brose( Book )

16 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quilts of Gee's Bend by Tex.) Museum of fine arts (Houston( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,065 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 )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,062 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
The Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapes by Art Institute of Chicago( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 955 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
Lee Krasner : a retrospective by Barbara Rose( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Neel : painted truths by Alice Neel( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 891 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
Hispanic art in the United States : thirty contemporary painters & sculptors by John Beardsley( Book )

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

Issued in conjunction with an exhibition held at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts in 1987, and in other museums, this volume presents some 200 paintings and sculptures by 30 contemporary Hispanic artists living and working in the United States. Beginning with a piece on what it means to be Hispanic and what in particular it means to be a Hispanic artist, the volume includes interpretive essays defining and illuminating the challenging variety of contemporary Hispanic art, ranging from folk-inspired religious carvings to politically-motivated satirical work, modernist abstraction, ethnically-infected Neo-Surrealism, and impassioned New Imagism. The authors also discuss the origins of Hispanic art and the influences that have shaped it, and provide biographical sketches of the artists. ISBN 0-89659-688-5: $45.00 (For use only in the library)
Tina Modotti : photographs by Sarah M Lowe( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 878 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
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 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalog of a traveling exhibition first held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Apr. 2-Aug. 28, 1995
Faking it : manipulated photography before Photoshop by Mia Fineman( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 811 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
Basquiat by Jean-Michel Basquiat( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat lived to the age of only twenty-seven. His meteoric career as an artist had lasted no more than eight years. The one-time teenage runaway and high-school dropout was first included in a group exhibition in 1980, and almost immediately knew considerable success, enjoying his first solo exhibition just two years later. Basquiat quickly became a notable figure on the international art scene, mixing with dealers and artists. Among these was Andy Warhol, with whom he established a close working relationship." "Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is both shrewdly observed and biting. Characterized by their intensely personal nature and the raw, almost aggressive handling of paint, these works have an enduring power to move and to confound." "Viewing the heady world of the 1980s art scene from the beginning of a new century, we are able to look at Basquiat's achievements with increasing objectivity. Rather than explore his persona, this book aims to demonstrate the lasting quality of Basquiat's work itself, as well as its uniqueness within modern art. It strives not only to reevaluate his principal works, but also to explain Basquiat's continuing interest as a major painter."--Jacket
The history of Japanese photography by Anne Tucker( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 800 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
Treasures of the Holy Land : ancient art from the Israel Museum by Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem)( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 790 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
The world of Frida Kahlo : the blue house by Frida Kahlo( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents paintings and drawings by Mexico's foremost woman artist, together with photographs of Kahlo, her husband, noted painter Diego Rivera, and their home, the "Blue House"; a selection of paintings by her friends and contemporaries; criticism of Kahlo's work; and a chronology of her life
The golden age of Chinese archaeology : celebrated discoveries from the People's Republic of China( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 787 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
Patrick Henry Bruce, American modernist : a catalogue raisonne by William C Agee( Book )

17 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The painters' America: rural and urban life, 1810-1910 by Patricia Hills( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Masks : faces of culture
The art of photography, 1839-1989The quilts of Gee's BendWalker EvansThe Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapesAlice Neel : painted truthsTina Modotti : photographsThe art of John Biggers : view from the upper roomFaking it : manipulated photography before Photoshop
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Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Houston (Tex.)

Houston, Tex. Museum of Fine Arts

Houston (Texas)


Museum of Fine Arts Hiustonas, Tekso valstija

Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Tex.)

Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas, Estats Units d'Amèrica)

Museum of Fine Arts of Houston

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