The Tome We’ve Been Waiting For

We%26#8217;ve been waiting with bated breath for our talented colleague, PaperCity visual arts editor Catherine D. Anspon, to complete her contemporary art compendium, Texas Artists Today (Marquand Books, November 2010, $95). The numbered, limited-edition %26#8212; only 3,000 will be printed %26#8212; monograph has been 11 years in the making but finally hits the shelves November 1, weighing in at more than 260 pages and stunningly fronted by an oversized, silvered cover with suede cutout title. PaperCity photo editor Jenny Antill, international lenswoman Sueraya Shaheen and Dallas photog Adam Graves are the three main photographic contributors; Tatiana Massey has metamorphosed their inside-the-studio artists%26#8217; portraits and workplace details into compelling collages to accompany the text. Anspon herself curated the artists from her vast knowledge and experience culled during her 12 years as PaperCity%26#8217;s arts editor. She traversed the state, trekking from small dusty towns to big cities, to tap the 62 most significant mid-career artists, plus a few up-and-comers. Texas Artists Today takes you vicariously into the studios of these Texas creative visualists, from Whitney Biennial talents to mythic self-taught figures (Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Robyn O%26#8217;Neil, William Cannings and Dario Robleto) and past Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell Core Fellows (Aaron Parazette and Sharon Engelstein). With our state perceived around the world as a mythic art-making capital, this handcrafted volume %26#8212; the first book in a decade to survey the Texas contemporary art world %26#8212; is destined to be a cornerstone of any collector%26#8217;s library. Best of all, proceeds after publication expenses benefit four nonprofits with an arts or medical mission: Lawndale Art Center, Dallas Contemporary, Menninger Clinic Foundation and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. Pre-Order Party and Art Auction, Wednesday, September 15, chaired by Deborah Colton and Carolyn Farb at Colton %26amp; Farb Gallery. For information or to reserve your numbered copy, e-mail Margaret Bott, Book available at Brazos Bookstore and museums November 1.

Image: Photo by Jenny Antill.

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