Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945, 1999
The first comprehensive listing of Texas artists in more than sixty years, the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800–1945 highlights more than 2,500 artists who have lived, worked, and exhibited in Texas.
Drawing on archival documents, press releases, periodicals, and exhibition brochures in all known collections and archives, Paula L. and Michael R. Grauer provide as much information possible on the artists' birth and death dates and place, primary city of residence, art education, professional credentials, and exhibition record.
Following the alphabetical list of artists, tables for each of the major exhibitions and competitions in Texas in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries cross-reference the artists who participated in those exhibitions. More than one hundred-fifty color illustrations supplement the entries, showing Texas artists at their best.
Using pre-1945 exhibition records as the criterion for inclusion, the compilers received assistance from leading scholars in the field as well as collectors, Texas artists' descendants, and, in some cases, the artists themselves.
Given the developing interest in Texas art and artists among collectors and museums, the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800–1945 will be invaluable to art historians, collectors, curators, and scholars and will enhance the national appreciation for the achievements and contributions of Texas artists in American art.
Paula L. Grauer is a freelance writer and columnist for the Canyon News, Canyon, Texas. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English/Language Arts from West Texas A&M University.Michael R. Grauer, curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, holds a B.F.A. in painting and art history from University of Kansas and a M.A. in art history from Southern Methodist University. He has curated major Texas exhibitions for the museum, including Women Artists of Texas, 1850–1950.
What Readers Are Saying:
“I strongly recommend both volumes, especially to art reference collections in the Southeast and Southwest and collections with strengths in American art.” --Art Documentation
“This dictionary offers a comprehensive listing of more than 2500 artists who lived, worked, and exhibited in the state of Texas from 1800-1945. The amount of information provided for each artist varies, but all entries include places and dates of birth and death as well as primary cities of residence, art education, professional credentials, and exhibition history. . . . a wonderful regional source packed with otherwise hard-to-find information. Essential for any library interested in Texas art and suitable for all Southwest American art collections.” --Library Journal
“While the volume will be invaluable to historians, collectors, scholars, and curators, the great artwork included makes it a book any lover of art will appreciate.” --Abilene Reporter News
“. . . the Grauers have produced a handsome volume that will open new vistas to both art historians and lovers of all things Texan. . . . The Grauers’ dictionary may prove most popular with people who don’t even know they need it: the armies who haunt flea markets and antique shops and who now may be able to identify some paintings and sculptures they find in their quests. . . .” --Amarillo News-Globe
“A fine survey of those artists living and working in Texas in a variety of media and styles.” --Paula Frosch
“The work is a significant contribution to the study of art history in Texas. Although interest in art and artists of Texas matured and prospered in the second half of the twentieth century, this work is the first dictionary of Texas artists in more than sixty years. As with the Frances Battaile Fisk and the Esse Forrester O’Brien dictionaries, scholars will scour this new dictionary seeking insights and connections, or to glean a better understanding of the depth and breadth of art in Texas. This work will take its rightful place as a standard reference on the library shelves of every university, historical society, art dealer, art collector, and art historian interested in art in Texas. . . .While the lengthy list of names of artists is important, the most significant contribution of Dictionary of Texas Artists is the wealth of information contained in the tables that identify major exhibitions in Texas before 1945 and the artists who participated in those exhibitions. The work commendably presents the first published indices to pre-1945 Texas art exhibitions. The well-organized information promotes comparisons, aids in making connections, and provides a framework to study art activity in Texas over time and throughout the state. The compilation of information will aid scholars in tracing the career of a single artist or in identifying the changes in the nature and focus of art in Texas. The Dictionary of Texas Artists is an important tool to assist professionals and amateurs in their study of art in Texas.” --Panhandle-Plains Historical Review
8.5 x 11, 264 pp.