Alexandre Hogue An American Visionary--Paintings and Works on Paper by Susie Kalil, 2010
Presenting the unique vision of an American original . . .
Alexandre Hogue, a renowned artist whose career spanned from the 1920s to his death in 1994, inherited the view of an America that imagined itself as filled with limitless potential for improvement, that considered high art and great ideas accessible to ordinary working people, and that saw no reason for an intellectual chasm between a learned elite and the masses. He always viewed himself as a radical, yet his passion stemmed from a deeply conservative idea: that art, culture, and nature should form a central force in the life of every human being.
His well-known Dust Bowl series labeled him as a regionalist painter, but Hogue never accepted that identity. His work reveals the spirit of Texas and the Southwest as he experienced it for nearly a century. In his later years Hogue worked in forms of crisply rendered nonobjective and calligraphic one-liner paintings. Bringing to light new information regarding the Erosion and Oil Industry series, this book gives special attention to lesser known, post-1945 works, in addition to the awe-inspiring Moon Shot and final Big Bend series.
Each series—from the hauntingly beautiful Taos landscapes and prophetic canvases of a dust-covered Southwest to his depictions of the fierce geological phenomena of the Big Bend—serves as a paean to the awesomeness of nature.
Houston-based curator and critic Susie Kalil grew close to Hogue from 1986 to 1994, a time during which she interviewed him, considered his oeuvre with him, and came to share his vision of the nature and purposes of art. In Alexandre Hogue she reveals Hogue as he presented himself and his work to her.
Collections with Alexandre Hogue's paintings:
Musee National D'Art Moderne, Pompidou, Paris
Dallas Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa
The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
University of Tulsa
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of American Art), Washington, DC
Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City
The Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Phoenix Art Museum
University of Arizona, Tucson
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Tx.
Stark Museum, Orange, Tx
Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas
The Williams Companies, Tulsa
SUSIE KALIL is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kalil co-curated (with Barbara Rose) the landmark exhibition, Fresh Paint: The Houston School, and curated The Texas Landscape: 1900–1986.
What Readers Are Saying:
“This long-awaited book is the definitive biography and analysis of Alexandre Hogue. The matching of the author and the artist is perfect: both are brilliant, intense, driven by passion and uncompromising integrity twenty-five years in the making. It is certainly beneficial as an accompanying resource to gain an in-depth understanding to Hogue’s art. Kalil deserves major credit for embracing Hogue’s entire career and chronicling his enduring impulse to record nature and emphasize environmental issues. The study of Hogue’s art and career is filled with substantial quotations that render a sense of his voice, his accent, rhythm of speech, and moreover his careful construction and framing of his ideas about his own art and his opinions of the art of his colleagues and artist friends over the decades.”—Francine Carraro, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“Kalil intends to change that categorization by repositioning Hogue as a visionary painter who explored fundamental relationships between humanity and nature through a sensitive understanding of place. Hogue’s strong presence in the book ensures its being an invaluable research tool for future scholars.”—Mark White, Great Plains Quarterly
10 x 11, 232 pp.