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Texas Artist Today

Texas Artist Today

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 Acknowledgments/Patronage Opportunities
Texas Artists Today 
, coming Fall 2010 from
Marquand Books
. This volume is funded through the nonprofit The Menninger Foundation Clinic toward developing artistic programs forunder-served youths, thanks to these munificent major benefactors (to date):
Platinum Underwriters:
 Timothy Lee, Poppi Massey, Tatiana and Craig Massey, Karla and Mark McKinley,
PaperCity 
magazine.
Gold Underwriters:
Deborah and William Colton, Meredith and Cornelia Long.
Silver Underwriters:
One Arm Red, Carola and John Herrin, Penelope andLester Marks, William and Sharon Morris, Nina and Michael Zilkha. Additional patronage opportunities available by contacting Advisor/Project Manager
Craig L. Massey
at 713.303.3127,craig.massey@morganstanley(pwm).com; or author
Catherine D. Anspon
at 281.224.5244, catherine@papercitymag.com. Contributions are tax-deductible, with all book proceeds afterexpenses donated to four nonprofits: The Menninger Foundation Clinic, Lawndale Art Center, Dallas Contemporary, and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation.
 About the Author
Catherine D. Anspon
covers the visual arts in Houstonand Dallas as
PaperCity 
magazine’s Fine Arts Editor.She has served as the Houston correspondent for
 Artnews
; written for
 Art & Antiques
,
 Art in America
,
 Art + Auction
,
 Art Lies
, and
Spot
; and produced onlinefeatures for
Glasstire
and
Citysearch
. She holds an MAin Art History from the University of Missouri, Columbia,and a BA in History and Art History from Rice University. Anspon is based in Houston, where she first observedthe energy and talent of the Texas scene and came upwith the concept for this volume, sparked by the supportof the Texas Art Team.
Preface by James Surls
James Surls
founded the Houston contemporary artscene when, as head of the art department at the Univer-sity of Houston, he established Lawndale Art Center in1979. Under Surls’s stewardship, Lawndale provided aplatform for experimental, avant-garde performing andvisual arts, and first presented talents such as The Art Guys. The internationally exhibited sculptor also hasties to Dallas, where he taught as Southern MethodistUniversity in the early 1970s, met his wife (fellow sculptorCharmaine Locke), and has exhibited throughout the pastfour decades. Surls’s monumental abstract sculpturesformed from wood and/or bronze have been shown from Texas to China (including two Whitney Biennials, 1979and 1985) and most recently on Park Avenue in 2009and on the campus of Rice University, Houston, in 2010.
Foreword by Lester Marks
Lester Marks
is one of the foremost collectors in America. His Marks Collection, based in Houston,annually organizes free tours for hundreds of attendees,from visiting museum groups to elementary schoolstudents and senior citizens. His commitment andphilanthropy have been recognized by honors such asthe Texas Art Patron of the Year (Art League Houston)and inclusion in
 Artnews’
 Top 200 Collectors in the Worldand
 Art & Antiques’s
 Top 100 Collectors in America.
Texas Artists Today 
Coming Fall 2010 from Marquand Books268 pages472 color images17 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches highPrice $75.00 hardcover
 
Texas
 Artists Today
 This lively, lavishly illustrated volume offersa fresh take on the mid-career players (plusa few up-and-comers) upon the rich canvasof Texas’s art scene. Sixty-two artists aresurveyed—none of whom have beenrepresented before in a monographic book—via insider studio tours, portraits, andexamples of their work, accompanied byconcise essays that elucidate each talent’sintent, inspiration, and working methods. The first book in a decade to highlight thevisualists who create at the epicenters of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio,
Texas Artists Today 
also ventures to lesser-knownlocales, including Lubbock on the plains of West Texas (meet The Wheeler Brothers andWilliam Cannings) and Nacogdoches, deepin the state’s piney woods, where MaryMcCleary makes her obsessive works onpaper that resemble Roman mosaics morethan contemporary collages. Importantand prominent artists such as Dario Robletoand Franco Mondini-Ruiz—both WhitneyBiennial–exhibited—are explored, as well asthose who deserve to be more widely known,including Sharon Kopriva of the epic mummyinstallations; Sharon Engelstein, whosesculpture exists at the intersection of art and design; Neva Mikulicz, whoseextraordinary animated drawings areboth nostalgic and futuristic; and LudwigSchwarz, who devises wry interventionsin commerce and global production.
Texas Artists Today 
provides the readertantalizing—and unprecedented—access tothese protagonists and more.
Created andProducedby the Texas Art Team:
Written By
Catherine D. Anspon
With a Preface by
James Surls
and Forewordby
Lester Marks
Creative Director and Collage Designer
Tatiana Massey
Photographed by
Jenny Antill
,
Sueraya Shaheen
, and
 Adam Graves
 Additional photography by
Shau Lin Hon
,
Everett Taasevigen
,and
Rick Dingus
Graphic Designers
Michelle Aviña
and
John Hubbard
Cover Co-Designer and Project Visual Advisor
Poppi Massey
Edited by
Sharon L. Taylor
 Advisor and Project Manager
Craig L. Massey
Project Manager for Dallas/North Texas
Karla K. McKinley
Marketing/Book-Signing Director
Margaret Bott

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