Publications

The Dallas Museum of Art has produced many beautifully designed, lavishly illustrated publications and brochures. Fascinating scholarly essays, arresting color plates, and numerous figural illustrations will delight and inform members, visitors, and scholars alike. Visit the Museum Store for a list of publications with price, availability, and ordering information.   

We invite you to click on the links below to access online versions of featured publications, along with further links to collection records, videos of lectures and discussions, and more. 

Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars

Slavs and Tatars is an art collective whose installations, lecture-performances, sculptures, and publications contemplate otherwise little-known affinities, syncretic ideas, belief systems, and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Pursuing an unconventional research-based approach, the group identifies the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” as the focus of their multidisciplinary practice.

Chagall: Beyond Color

This fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition "Chagall: Beyond Color" at the Dallas Museum of Art, February 17–May 26, 2013. In 1936 one of Marc Chagall’s paintings was first exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts during the Centennial Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphic Art. And almost fifty years have passed since the Magic Flute was performed in Dallas with its magnificent Chagall designs. Chagall in many aspects has been present in the Dallas Museum of Art’s history and in Dallas public and private collections but his work has never had a proper exhibition.

Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas

Designed for the iPad, this catalogue describes Grosz’s career in the postwar years and the history of the "Impressions of Dallas" commission, paying particular attention to the fraught cultural and political landscape of Dallas in the early 1950s. Here the "Impressions of Dallas" series is reproduced in its entirety for the first time, alongside many other paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Grosz, as well as a rich selection of historic photographs.

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement accompanies the first nationally touring exhibition of Stickley’s work and explores his dual roles as a visionary business leader and enthusiastic proselytizer of design reform. The full range of Stickley’s workshops is illuminated, including more than 100 objects of furniture, metalwork, and textiles, as well as architectural drawings and related designs, many of which are previously unpublished. Essays by distinguished contributors provide diverse viewpoints on the Arts and Crafts movement and Stickley's evolving role as tastemaker, and the often contradictory messages conveyed through the construction and promotion of his designers’ works.

Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection

Explore the world renowned collection of the Dallas Museum of Art in this lavishly illustrated, informative catalogue. Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection showcases the full range and exceptional quality of the rich holdings of one of America's premier art institutions. The guide features over 400 stunning color photographs of pieces from the Museum's outstanding encyclopedic collection. Works from the ancient Americas, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the ancient Mediterranean, Europe, and America are all represented, along with modern and contemporary pieces. Accompanying object entries offer descriptions, explanations of iconography, information on the artist or cultural history, and information on provenance and techniques.

The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art

This beautifully illustrated book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned African collection. In contrast to Western "art for art's sake," tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability, or social control. Chosen both for their visual appeal and their compelling histories and cultural significance, the works of art are presented under the themes of leadership and status; the cycle of life; decorative arts; and influences (imported and exported). The objects are often accompanied by fascinating photographs that show the context in which they were used.

Ignite the Power of Art: Advancing Visitor Engagement in Museums

How do visitors like to experience art? What makes for an enriching museum visit? The Dallas Museum of Art undertook a groundbreaking seven-year research initiative to answer these questions, examining how people connect with art and identifying preferences and differing behaviors. Ignite the Power of Art publishes these findings and provides a new understanding of museum visitors.

Eyes of the Ancestors: The Art of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art

Eyes of the Ancestors takes an in-depth look at the Dallas Museum of Art’s world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. Beautiful photography and essays by distinguished international scholars unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Sarawak, and East Timor. Leading anthropologist Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh art-historical perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures.

The Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas at the Dallas Museum of Art

This volume details the cultural and artistic significance of more than 140 featured works, which range from Tibetan thangkas and Indian miniature paintings to stone sculptures and bronzes. Relating these works to one another through interconnecting narratives and cross-references, scholars and curators provide a broad cultural history of the region.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art: The Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art offers a series of intimate case studies in the history of 19th-century European art. Inspired by a series of public lectures given at the Dallas Museum of Art between 2009 and 2013, the volume comprises twelve beautifully illustrated essays from leading academics and museum specialists. Opening with a new reading of one of Gustave Courbet’s great hunting scenes, The Fox in the Snow, and ending with an exploration of a group of interior scenes by Edouard Vuillard, each essay stands alone as a richly contextualized reading of a single work or group of works by one artist. The authors approach their subjects from a range of methodological perspectives, but all pay close attention to the experience of making and viewing works of art.

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