Synopses & Reviews
The Chinati Foundation is widely considered one of the worldand#8217;s most important destinations for experiencing large-scale contemporary art. It was founded by Donald Judd (1928and#8211;1994), whose specific ambition was to preserve and present a select number of permanent installations that were inextricably linked to the surrounding landscape. Chinati is located on 340 acres of desert on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas. Construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with help from the Dia Art Foundation, and it was opened to the public in 1986.
This handsome publication is the first comprehensive presentation of the Chinati Foundationand#8217;s collection in more than twenty years. The book describes how Judd developed his ideas of the role of art and museums from the early 1960s onward, culminating in the creation of Chinati (and including its two predecessorsand#8212;his buildings in New York and his residence in Marfa). The individual installations at Chinati are presented in chronological order with stunning photography; these include work by John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, David Rabinowitch, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Carl Andre, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, as well as Judd himself. His installations at Marfa include 15 outdoor works in concrete and 100 aluminum pieces housed in two carefully renovated artillery sheds. The book also features writings by Judd relating to Chinati and Marfa, and a complete catalogue of the collection.
"This book, the first monograph on Chinati and first major catalogue of its holdings...communicates the rigor of Judd's Gesamtkunstwerk, uniting art, architecture, and the bleakly beautiful setting."and#8212;Art and Auction
"Unbelievably, the first monograph on the project. . . . Stockebrand has captured the lush austerity of the artist's Marfa project with detailed narrative and subtle, gorgeous photographs that reveal the elements at play in the artwork."and#8212;Cindy Widner, Austin Chronicle
"Sumptuously illustrated."and#8212;Dallas Art News
"[A] must-have."—Dyal Blog Dallas Art News
"[A] must-have."and#8212;Dyal Blog
"Whether you are an artist, art student or simply an admirer, these reproductions are certain to inspire an appreciation of painting as a medium and an expression."and#8212;Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
In honor of the 50th birthday of the Sheldon Museum of Artand#8217;s Philip Johnsonand#8211;designed building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association and the University of Nebraskaand#8211;Lincoln art collection, Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art
showcases the Sheldonand#8217;s impressiveand#160;collection, featuring reproductions of 125 major works along with smart, engaging entries by a team of respected scholars.
The catalog presents some of the museumand#8217;s most beloved and widely known canvases, including eighteenth- and nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol; and works by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Dan Christensen, Carmen Herrera, Hung Liu, Ed Ruscha, Patssi Valdez, and Philemona Williamson.
This survey highlights the artistic, cultural, and geographic conflicts and concurrences that shaped more than two centuries of American painting and offers art enthusiasts and scholars alike a means to reconnect with old favorites while discovering new onesand#8212;all freshly interpreted based on recent discoveries and research.
About the Author
Brandon K. Ruud is the curator of transnational American art at the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the editor of Karl Bodmerand#8217;s North American Prints
(Nebraska, 2004), which was named a New York Times
notable book. More recently, he contributed to the catalogs American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago
and Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago
and edited Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art
Gregory Nosan is director of education and publications at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Nosan served as associate director of publications at the Art Institute of Chicago. In that capacity he managed the journal Museum Studies and edited major exhibition catalogs including Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913and#8211;1917 and John Marinand#8217;s Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism.
Jorge Daniel Veneciano is the director of the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the series editor ofand#160; American Transnationalism: Perspectives from the Sheldon Museum of Art, the coeditor of Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (Nebraska, 2010), and the editor of The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction (Nebraska, 2012).