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Object Biographies: Collaborative Approaches to Ancient Mediterranean Art - John North Hopkins, Sarah Kielt Costello, and Paul R. Davis. Delve deeper after your Menil Collection experience with this innovative new anthology. Object Biographies: Collaborative Approaches to Ancient Mediterranean Art discusses a diversity fascinating finds, and includes eight in-depth studies on ancient artifacts in the Menil, so you can feed your intrigue long after your visit. Discover the context and meaning behind these ancient Mediterranean objects.

Arguably the most important living artist in America, Jasper Johns has been a leading advocate of drawing as an artistic genre in its own right, not just a preparatory medium for other works. This catalogue brings together 41 of Johns’s drawings, spanning more than 60 years of his illustrious career and, beginning in 1954, the origin of his mature practice. It encompasses his most famous recurring motifs, including flags, targets, and numbers, and an essay by David Breslin contextualizes this reiterative aspect of Johns’s career. Exquisite reproductions and large-scale details reveal the touch and process of this master draftsman, imparting to the reader a feeling of being in close contact with the artist himself. As this intimate book shows, Johns’s art, at once simple and enigmatic, is above all a meditation on the world around him, a constant investigation of what he calls “the condition of being here.”

The Menil Collection houses approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, the Byzantine and medieval worlds, the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, the American Pacific Northwest, and the twentieth century are particularly well represented. Among the highlights of the museum are its Surrealist holdings, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind.

The main museum building and the Menil Drawing Institute have a single visitor entrance. Please enter the main building using the Sul Ross Street entrance.

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street, 77006, Houston
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