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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Works: 1,379 works in 2,403 publications in 1 language and 90,267 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Exhibition, pictorial works  Art  Biography  Illustrated works 
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Classifications: TR647, 759.13
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Most widely held works by Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Cézanne : the late work : essays by Paul Cézanne( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,340 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 )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,239 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 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The quilts of Gee's Bend carry forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family. The women of Gee's Bend - a small, remote, black community in Alabama - have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Though these quilts represent only a part of the rich body of African American quilts in the South, few other places can boast the extent of Gee's Bend's artistic achievement, the result of both geographical isolation and an unusual degree of cultural continuity. Brimming with humor and resilience, the narratives told by these remarkable women match the eloquence and power of their quilts. By passing down this tradition from generation to generation, the women of Gee's Bend made an American pastime the literal fabric of their lives - an art that binds the individual's imagination to family, friends, neighborhood, and the greater community."--Publisher's website
Ancient art of the American Woodland Indians by David S Brose( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker Evans by Walker Evans( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,052 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 )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 948 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 930 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
Basquiat by Jean-Michel Basquiat( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 910 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
Tina Modotti : photographs by Sarah M Lowe( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 881 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 )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Neel : painted truths by Alice Neel( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents a survey of the works of American artist Alice Neel (1900-1984). Neel became known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity. She was unique for her time because she was a portrait painter at a time when this was traditionally the role of a male artist. Although the book focuses on her portraits, it also covers the artist's early social realist paintings and cityscapes, tracing the evolution of Neel's style and examining themes that she revisited throughout her career
Faking it : manipulated photography before Photoshop by Mia Fineman( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 828 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
American prospects : photographs by Joel Sternfeld( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim and hailed by People magazine as one of the ten best books of the 1980s, Joel Sternfeld's startling visual chronicle is at once funny and despairing, calmly beautiful and grim. Sternfeld may be America's greatest fineart color photographer, and here his luxuriant landscapes are full of sly surprises and deadpan wit: a renegade elephant lies exhausted on a road; beached whales daintily punctuate a majestic seascape; a fireman buys pumpkins while a house burns behind him. Now published in an exquisite paper-bound edition with a new preface, these pictures carry even more weight than when they were first seen; they have the poignancy and resonance of an America uneasy about its past and uncertain of its future
The art of John Biggers : view from the upper room by Alvia J Wardlaw( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 823 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 809 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 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 791 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 world of Frida Kahlo : the blue house by Frida Kahlo( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 785 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 painters' America: rural and urban life, 1810-1910 by Patricia Hills( Book )

5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Art of photography, 1839-1989The quilts of Gee's BendWalker EvansThe Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapesBasquiatTina Modotti : photographsAlice Neel : painted truthsAmerican prospects : photographs
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