John Alexander by Jane Livingston
A Retrospective (Houston Museum of Fine Arts)

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This handsome book presents three decades of artwork by John Alexander (b. 1945), who draws upon the rich imagery of his East Texas heritage to create art with a national impact. A native of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast oil and fishing-industry town, Alexander grew up in a region heavily influenced by Cajun, Creole, and African-American cultures. Early in his career, Alexander produced visionary landscapes and feverish, often self-revealing drawings that incorporated the imagery of the bayou. By the mid-1980s, the scale of his oil paintings had increased, and his landscapes had assumed a more hallucinatory character. The authors show how the artist's frenetic expressionism gave way to an interest in figuration and narrative, and how his approach to genre painting gave voice to his outrage at social injustice. In tracing the evolution of Alexander's work, the authors also explore the enduring theme of the natural environment and its depredation.
 

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Jane Livingston is an independent author and curator living in Rappahannock County, Virginia. John Elderfield is Chief Curator-at-Large at The Museum of Modern Art. Ruth Fine is Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery. Alison de Lima Greene is curator of contemporary art and special projects, Vivian Li is curatorial assistant of Asian art, Elliott Zooey Martin is curatorial assistant of contemporary art and special projects, Christine Starkman is curator of Asian art, Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, and Peter C. Marzio is director, all at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marisa C. Sanchez is assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum. Robert J. Hughes (PhD, University of North Texas) specializes in business administration and college instruction. Currently, he teaches Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, and Business Math for the Dallas County Community Colleges. Dr. Hughes is the recipient of three different Teaching in Excellence Awards at Richland College. In addition to Business, published by Houghton Mifflin, he has authored college textbooks in personal finance and business mathematics, which are used throughout the world. In addition to being active in many academic and professional organizations, he has served as a consultant and investment advisor to individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations. According to Dr. Hughes, after 30 years teaching Introduction to Business, the course is still exciting: "There's nothing quite like the thrill of seeing students succeed, especially in a course like Introduction to Business that provides the foundation for not only academic courses, but also life in the real world."
 
Published January 1, 2007 by Museum / Yale University Press. 239 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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