Publications

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 Store for a list of publications with price, availability, and ordering information.   

We invite you to click on the links below to access online versions of featured publications, along with further links to collection records, videos of lectures and discussions, and more. 

Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon—coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables, and "Selected Poems"

For his current installation at the Dallas Museum of Art, Stephen Lapthisophon's first U.S. solo museum exhibition, Lapthisophon has created a space reminiscent of his studio, in which walls obscure the space and appear layered, similar to his collage technique. While several works are framed, much of the work in the exhibition is intentionally left bare or open to the elements, simply being pinned to the walls. The walls have been left unfinished, with their wooden beams and support structures exposed. In one room, the walls do not extend to the ceiling, allowing for an airiness that extends beyond the exhibition space and is indicative of the artist’s process: art cannot be separated from daily life—it must be left open to influences from within and without.

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Since the late 1980s, Jim Hodges' poetic reconsiderations of the material world have inspired a body of multimedia work in which the manmade and artificial are invested with emotion and authenticity. Co-published by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, this volume accompanies the first comprehensive, scholarly exhibition to be organized in the United States of this critically acclaimed American artist. Examining over 25 years of his artistic career, this uniquely designed catalogue weaves together the voices of many to situate the artist's work within issues of identity, social activism, illness, beauty, generosity and death.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art: The Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art offers a series of intimate case studies in the history of 19th-century European art. Inspired by a series of public lectures given at the Dallas Museum of Art between 2009 and 2013, the volume comprises twelve beautifully illustrated essays from leading academics and museum specialists. Opening with a new reading of one of Gustave Courbet’s great hunting scenes, The Fox in the Snow, and ending with an exploration of a group of interior scenes by Edouard Vuillard, each essay stands alone as a richly contextualized reading of a single work or group of works by one artist. The authors approach their subjects from a range of methodological perspectives, but all pay close attention to the experience of making and viewing works of art.

Eyes of the Ancestors: The Art of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art

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.

Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy

The events associated with John F. Kennedy’s death are etched into our nation’s memory. This fascinating book tells a less familiar part of the story, about a special art exhibition organized by a group of Fort Worth citizens. On November 21, 1963, the Kennedys arrived in Fort Worth around midnight, making their way to Suite 850 of the Hotel Texas. There, installed in their honor, was an intimate exhibition that included works by Monet, Van Gogh, Marin, Eakins, and Picasso. Due to the late hour, it was not until the following morning that the couple viewed the exhibition and phoned one of the principal organizers, Ruth Carter Johnson, to offer thanks. Mrs. Kennedy indicated that she wished she could stay longer to admire the beautiful works. The couple was due to depart for Dallas, and the rest is history.

Chagall: Beyond Color

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.

The Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas at the Dallas Museum of Art

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.

Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas

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.

Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection

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.

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