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 [...]
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, [...]
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
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
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
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. [...]
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?
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
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
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
Art Smart exterior, Menil Collection Beginning in 1971, with the opening of the Rothko Chapel, the de Menil family had big plans for this neighborhood in Houston, Texas. The Chapel is a structure designed to house the paintings of Abstract Expressionist artist, Mark Rothko and a place for reflection and spirituality, regardless of your god. Show More Summary
HOUSTON, TX.- ?Whether experienced as a source of inspiration, enigmatic force, or unsettling limbo zone, silence is elusive in today?s world. Inspired by John Cage?s 1952 groundbreaking composition 4?33? (and the 100th anniversary of...Show More Summary
HOUSTON (AP).- Houston police are searching for a man now charged with vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in an act that was caught on video. Uriel Landeros of Houston was charged Friday with felony graffiti and criminal mischief for spray painting the artwork titled "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the city's Menil Collection. Show More Summary
Art vandalism isn’t anything new. Raphael’s previously defaced and whitewashed erotic frescos inside the Papal Apartments at the Vatican come to mind. However, last week, a slightly less scandalous painting - Pablo Picasso’s 1929 “Women in a Red Armchair” - was vandalized at Houston’s The Menil Collection. [ more › ]
Poor Picasso. His "Femme au fauteuil rouge (Woman in a Red Armchair)" (1929) was vandalized last week at Houston's Menil Collection and the artist claiming responsibility for the action, Uriel Llanderos, has essentially been bragging about his bravado on his rather sparse Facebook page. But the story doesn't stop there.
The Menil Collection in Texas is attempting to save a painting by Pablo Picasso that was vandalized recently with spray paint. The incident, which was captured on video and posted to YouTube, involved a man using black spray paint to deface Picasso's 1932 "Woman in Red Armchair."
Picasso's 1929 painting "Conquista La Bestia" ("Conquer the Beast") was vandalized last week at Houston's Menil Collection by a man with a can of spray paint. According to the city's Local 2 news, he stenciled the image of a bullfighter killing a bull with the word "conquista" underneath.
I spent this past weekend in Houston, reveling in some of the city's more artistic sites. I meandered around The Menil Collection and its surrounding campus, taking in its fantastic contemporary art collection and enjoying the beautiful grounds. Show More Summary
HOUSTON, TX.- Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection, today announced that the Board of Trustees has narrowed the international search for an architect to design the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the first major building project under the museum?s ambitious long-range plan. Show More Summary
The firms will be competing to design a building for the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center.