The Dallas Museum of Art has produced many beautifully designed, lavishly illustrated publications and brochures. Fascinating scholarly essays, arresting color plates, and numerous figural illustrations will delight and inform members, visitors, and scholars alike. Visit the Museum Storefor a list of publications with price, availability, and ordering information.
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Gabriel Orozco’s Inner Circles of the Wall is a record of intense physical action performed in the service of creating a work of art, much like the Dallas Museum of Art’s Jackson Pollock painting Cathedral, on view in the gallery across from the Orozco exhibition. In each case, the artist used nontraditional materials to create what appears to be a traditional art object. For Pollock, it is the tradition of painting to which the artist contributed and from which he diverged. With Orozco, it is the idea of sculpture that he likewise seems to respectfully sustain as well as subversively revise.
Slavs and Tatars is an art collective whose installations, lecture-performances, sculptures, and publications contemplate otherwise little-known affinities, syncretic ideas, belief systems, and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Pursuing an unconventional research-based approach, the group identifies the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” as the focus of their multidisciplinary practice.
The exhibition African Headwear: Beyond Fashion presents a selection of headwear that was once—and in some instances still is—worn by kings and chiefs, religious practitioners, warriors, and men, women, and infants in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It demonstrates the importance of headwear as a means of nonverbal communication about the wearer’s position in society and the stages in his or her life cycle. Above all, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of the hats, which are fashioned from natural materials and found objects in the local environment, as well as from foreign products that became available through trade or conquest.
This fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition "Chagall: Beyond Color" at the Dallas Museum of Art, February 17–May 26, 2013. In 1936 one of Marc Chagall’s paintings was first exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts during the Centennial Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphic Art. And almost fifty years have passed since the Magic Flute was performed in Dallas with its magnificent Chagall designs. Chagall in many aspects has been present in the Dallas Museum of Art’s history and in Dallas public and private collections but his work has never had a proper exhibition.
Designed for the iPad, this catalogue describes Grosz’s career in the postwar years and the history of the "Impressions of Dallas" commission, paying particular attention to the fraught cultural and political landscape of Dallas in the early 1950s. Here the "Impressions of Dallas" series is reproduced in its entirety for the first time, alongside many other paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Grosz, as well as a rich selection of historic photographs.
Explore the world renowned collection of the Dallas Museum of Art in this lavishly illustrated, informative catalogue. Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection showcases the full range and exceptional quality of the rich holdings of one of America's premier art institutions. The guide features over 400 stunning color photographs of pieces from the Museum's outstanding encyclopedic collection. Works from the ancient Americas, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the ancient Mediterranean, Europe, and America are all represented, along with modern and contemporary pieces. Accompanying object entries offer descriptions, explanations of iconography, information on the artist or cultural history, and information on provenance and techniques.
This beautifully illustrated book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned African collection. In contrast to Western "art for art's sake," tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability, or social control. Chosen both for their visual appeal and their compelling histories and cultural significance, the works of art are presented under the themes of leadership and status; the cycle of life; decorative arts; and influences (imported and exported). The objects are often accompanied by fascinating photographs that show the context in which they were used.
How do visitors like to experience art? What makes for an enriching museum visit? The Dallas Museum of Art undertook a groundbreaking seven-year research initiative to answer these questions, examining how people connect with art and identifying preferences and differing behaviors. Ignite the Power of Art publishes these findings and provides a new understanding of museum visitors.
Eyes of the Ancestors takes an in-depth look at the Dallas Museum of Art’s world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. Beautiful photography and essays by distinguished international scholars unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Sarawak, and East Timor. Leading anthropologist Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh art-historical perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures.
This volume details the cultural and artistic significance of more than 140 featured works, which range from Tibetan thangkas and Indian miniature paintings to stone sculptures and bronzes. Relating these works to one another through interconnecting narratives and cross-references, scholars and curators provide a broad cultural history of the region.
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