FORT WORTH, Texas --- When the Amon Carter Museum reopened its doors to the public on Sunday, October 21, following its two-year, $39 million expansion, five new publications graced the shelves of the new Museum Store. Two beautiful hardcover coffee-table books and three softcover souvenir books offer imagery and insight into one of the country's finest holdings of American art.
Since it opened in 1961, the Carter has established itself among the most ambitious publishers its size of fine art books, producing nearly 200 publications in its ongoing commitment to "serve an educational role through publications devoted to American art."
"During its 40-year history, the Carter has published many books on American art for the benefit of the public," says Amon Carter Museum Director Rick Stewart. "These wonderful new publications continue the museum's tradition of offering finely printed books that combine readable and informative text with state-of-the-art color reproductions of works in the permanent collection. We are very excited to offer them, and we think they would make perfect holiday gifts for family and friends."
"An American Collection: Works from the Amon Carter Museum" is the finest and most comprehensive catalogue yet published on the Carter's permanent collection. The introduction, written by Stewart, relates the Amon Carter museum's history, including the recent expansion, and tells the story-with both words and pictures-of its namesake, Amon G. Carter Sr. The publication presents 125 masterworks, dating from 1822 to 1998, from the collection. All media are represented, and each reproduction is accompanied by an essay, artist biography, object dimensions, and inscription information. This volume features many longtime favorites from the Carter's holdings, along with a number of landmark works recently added to the collection.
The second hardcover, "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness," is a spectacular catalogue that offers the first in-depth retrospective of color nature photographer Eliot Porter's work. It precedes an exhibition by the same title that will be organized by the museum and is scheduled to open here in late 2002. Porter was among the first artists to explore color nature photography, and in so doing he produced works that change the way we look at the world.
The three new softcover publications are ideal souvenir purchases, with high-quality reproductions of a combined 136 masterworks from the collection. Written by the museum's curators, each of these books boasts one reproduction per page with an accompanying essay and object information. Each book has a further-readings page for those interested in learning more about these works.
"Singular Moments: Photographs from the Amon Carter Museum" highlights 48 of the most memorable photographs from the Carter's renowned collection. Dating from 1847 to 1993, the works in this book absorb the reader into their times, whether it be Charles Rivers' dizzying photograph looking down from the top of a New York skyscraper while a load of steel is being raised, or Ansel Adams' print of a majestic stand of coastal Redwoods. With every turn of the page, these images bring an invigorating surprise and lasting enjoyment.
"Revealed Treasures: Drawings from the Amon Carter Museum" presents 44 of the Carter's spectacular prints, drawings, and watercolors. The works date from the late 18th century up through 1965. Featured are works by such early artists as Francis Blackwell Mayer and William Trost Richards; the twentieth-century artists represented range from Ben Shahn to Georgia O'Keeffe to Jacob Lawrence. Written by Chief Curator Jane Myers, the essays in this book are as scintillating as the images themselves.
"Remington and Russell: Selections from the Amon Carter Museum" provides a wonderful selection of favorite works by these two beloved artists of the American West. From the spectacular front cover, Frederic Remington's "An Indian Trapper" (1889), to the back cover, a mesmerizing detail from Charles M. Russell's "The Posse" (1895), the works in this book capture the Old West like no others.
For more information on any of the museum's programs, please contact Carol Noel at 817.738.1933, extension 5066, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.