By William Middleton
Dominique and John de Menil created an oasis of tradition of their Philip Johnson-designed condo with every person from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In Houston, they outfitted the Menil assortment, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the modern Arts Museum.
Now, with remarkable entry to kin data, William Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this designated couple. From their ancestors in Normandy and Alsace, to their very own early years in France, and their travels in South the US prior to settling in Houston. We see them brought to the artists in Europe and the USA whose works they'd acquire, and we see how, by means of the Nineteen Sixties, their assortment had grown to incorporate 17,000 work, sculptures, drawings, pictures, infrequent books, and ornamental gadgets.
And this is, in addition, a brilliant behind-the-scenes examine the artwork global of the 20th century and the big impression the de Menils wielded via what they amassed and outfitted and during the explanations they believed in.
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