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Forrest Bess : seeing things invisible

Title
Forrest Bess : seeing things invisible / Clare Elliott ; with a contribution by Robert Gober.
Publication
  • Houston : Menil Collection, [2013]
  • ©2013

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  • Elliott, Clare.
  • Gober, Robert, 1954-
  • Bess, Forrest, 1911-1977.
  • Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.)
Description
111 pages : illustrations; 28 cm
Summary
  • "The eccentric visionary artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) spent most of his life on the Texas coast working as a commercial fisherman. In his spare time, however, he painted prolifically, creating an extraordinary body of work rich with enigmatic symbolism. Bess experienced hallucinations that both frightened and intrigued him, and he incorporated images from these visions into small-scale abstract paintings starting in the mid-1940s. His canvases attracted an underground following, and between 1949 and 1967, Betty Parsons organized six solo exhibitions of Bess's work at her prominent New York City gallery. Since then, the art world has periodically rediscovered his work, most recently through a 2012 Whitney Biennial installation by American sculptor Robert Gober, which further exposed Bess's psychological, medical, and religious theories. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is the artist's first museum retrospective with catalogue in the United States and offers a fresh look at Bess's work and a better understanding of this curious and complicated artist"--
  • "Accompanying the first museum exhibition of the work of Texas artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) in over twenty years and featuring new analysis and an expansion of sculptor Robert Gober's project for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, this fully-illustrated catalogue provide a fresh look at this compelling but under-recognized artist"--
Subject
Note
  • "Published in conjunction with the exhibition Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible organized and circulated by The Menil Collection, Houston."
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-109).
Call Number
JQF 13-1369
ISBN
  • 9780300189735 (hardback)
  • 0300189737 (hardback)
LCCN
2013001552
OCLC
843454356
Title
Forrest Bess : seeing things invisible / Clare Elliott ; with a contribution by Robert Gober.
Publisher
Houston : Menil Collection, [2013]
Copyright Date
©2013
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-109).
Added Author
Elliott, Clare. Forrest Bess.
Gober, Robert, 1954- Man that got away.
Bess, Forrest, 1911-1977. Paintings. Selections.
Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.)
Research Call Number
JQF 13-1369
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