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Josef Helfenstein, Director of the Menil Collection, to become Director of Kunstmuseum Basel

last monthArts : Artdaily

Janet Hobby, President of the Board of Trustees of the Menil Collection, announced that the institution?s long-serving director, Josef Helfenstein, has accepted the opportunity to become director of the Kunstmuseum Basel and is expected to leave the Menil in late 2015, after a highly successful twelve-year tenure. Show More Summary

Menil Collection Director To Step Down

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Under Josef Helfenstein, the Menil doubled its annual attendance, increased its endowment by almost 54 percent, and added more than 1,000 works to the collection, including pieces by Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Kara Walker.”

Menil Collection Director Leaving for Kunstmuseum Basel

After 12 years, Josef Helfenstein will step down at the end of this year.

89-Year Old Magnetic Art Pioneer Debuts in U.S.

Installation view of Takis: The Fourth Dimension on view at The Menil Collection, Houston. Photo: Paul Hester A nail clashes against wire via electromagnetic forces and is captured by a guitar pick-up in Musical – M. 013 (2000), one of 25 pieces that comprise the first ever U.S. Show More Summary

Thomas J. Lax receives the Menil Collection's 2015 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

Josef Helfenstein, Director of the Menil Collection, announced that Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, has been chosen as the seventh recipient of the biennial Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. Show More Summary

Top Posts On AJBlogs For 03.29.15

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Menil Collection Starts Drawing Center AJBlog: Real Clear ArtsPublished 2015-03-29 Growing the Pie Together: Fostering Giving Networks in the Arts AJBlog: Field NotesPublished 2015-03-29 Weekend Extra: Thad Jones Revisited AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished...Show More Summary

Rice University Art Gallery commissions Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create installation

11 months agoArts : Artdaily

Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create a new installation in conjunction with The Menil Collection?s exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. Show More Summary

Rock Star: Doug Pray on Levitated Mass, the Documentary

12 months agoArts / Graphic Design : UnBeige

Michael Heizer is an artist whose work you tend to stumble upon—perhaps literally, in the case of the bewitching ribbons of rusting steel embedded in the lawn of the Menil Collection—and then can’t stop thinking about. He made headlines...Show More Summary

Hollywood Glamour Coming to MFA Boston

Sartorially speaking, the summer has belonged to the idiosyncratic, emotionally fraught fashion genius known as Charles James, the subject of exhibitions at both New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Menil Collection. The glamour...Show More Summary

'fresh: Haim Steinbach and Objects from the Permanent Collection' on view at the Menil Collection

last yearArts : Artdaily

fresh: Haim Steinbach and Objects from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition of sculpture and other works from the Menil Collection organized in collaboration with New York-based artist Haim Steinbach. Since the late 1970s, Steinbach's three- dimensional work has involved the display of preexisting things. Show More Summary

NYT: Dia co-founders sue over deaccessioning

2 years agoArts : Modern Art Notes

NYTer Randy Kennedy is reporting that two of the founders of the Dia Art Foundation, Heiner Friedrich and Fariha de Menil Friedrich, are suing Dia over its attempt to auction off works from its collection. MAN was the first to report on their opposition to Dia director Philippe Vergne’s attempt to deaccession major works from Dia’s [...]

RIP Walter de Maria, 77

2 years agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Numerous news outlets are reporting that Walter de Maria has died. He was 77. I’ve written about de Maria’s art several times here, including: My 2005 visit to The Lightning Field, and on the occasion of a 2007 Menil Collection acquisition. I wish I’d written about the work shown at left: de Maria’s The 2000 Sculpture, [...]

Menil Collection moves forward with its campus plan to create a new landscape design

2 years agoArts : Artdaily

Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection, today announced the appointment of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) to enhance and expand the landscape design of the institution?s 30-acre campus in the heart of Houston....Show More Summary

Late Surrealism: Exhibition at the Menil Collection revisits a pivotal moment in 20th century art

2 years agoArts : Artdaily

One of the most profound shifts in the history of modernism took place in New York City in the 1930s and 40s, as artists from Europe took refuge in the United States, and the radical forms of figurative art they brought with them prompted and competed against an impulse toward abstraction among American artists. Show More Summary

Inside the Houston Home of Philanthropist Dominique de Menil — Lonny Magazine

Throughout their lifetime, Dominique de Menil and her husband John amassed one of the world's finest private collections of 20th-century art, which later became Houston's Menil Collection. But in 1948, they were just a young couple looking to building a home for their growing family. Show More Summary

Texas Roundup Part 4: “The Progress of Love” at the Menil Collection

by Johnathan Blaustein The day after my three hour “War/Photography” marathon, I paid a visit to the Menil Collection. It’s located on a beautiful little side street with grandiose trees and well-kept sidewalks. Tow-headed little Texan kids frolic on large public sculptures jutting up out of the grass-covered park next door. It was downright serene. [...]

Woman Vandalizes Iconic Delacroix Painting at the Louvre

3 years agoArts : Hyperallergic

What is it with art vandalism these days? First there was the Picasso at the Menil Collection last summer, then the Rothko at the Tate Modern. Now a woman has defaced Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" at an outpost of the Louvre. Is this some kind of weird, terrible trend?

How Not to Handle an Art Controversy

Earlier this month, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, removed a small oak tree from its sculpture garden—a story of little to no note, right? But just as the mighty oak grows from a tiny acorn, from that oak sapling springs a tale of art controversy of massive consequences. Show More Summary

"Mouton De Laine" from the collection Of Adelaide De Menil and Edmund S. Carpenter to be offered at Christie's

3 years agoArts : Artdaily

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie?s announced that it will offer property from the distinguished collection of Adelaide de Menil and Edmund S. Carpenter as a highlight of its fall sales season. On November 14, 2012, the most important flock of...Show More Summary

"Dear John & Dominique": Letters and drawings from the Menil archives on view at the Menil Collection

3 years agoArts : Artdaily

HOUSTON, TX.- Architect Philip Johnson referred to the couple as ?my first clients, my best clients, the clients who found all my other clients, founders of my career, good friends, good critics, and courageous appreciators of art.?Show More Summary

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