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Art and Activism - Schipsi, Laureen; Helfenstein, Josef - Yale University Press

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Art and Activism

Projects of John and Dominique de Menil

  • Edited by Josef Helfenstein and Laureen Schipsi
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Recipient of the 2011 "Best Book on a Collection of the Year Award," presented by the International Art Book and Film Festival.

This lavishly illustrated book is the first to examine the significant contributions of John and Dominique de Menil to art, architecture, film, and the civil and human rights movements. The de Menils, who moved to Houston from France in 1941, amassed one of the world's great private art collections and became passionately involved in the cause of human rights.

The volume includes a discussion of the building of the de Menils' art collection; their patronage of modern architecture in Houston; their embrace of modernism; their leadership in Houston's civil rights movement and in human rights projects worldwide; their commissioning of works of art; their involvement in early film education and documentary filmmaking; and their establishment of the Rothko Chapel, the Menil Collection, the Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. Vintage photographs, including those taken by Henri Cartier Bresson and Eve Arnold, previously unpublished correspondence with artists, and an illustrated chronology all add to this textured tribute to the de Menils' extraordinary achievements.

Josef Helfenstein is director of The Menil Collection. Laureen Schipsi is publisher at The Menil Collection.

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