Menil Bookstore
Saturday, December 08, 2007
  Art Spaces: The Menil Collection
Art Spaces: The Menil Collection
Published by Scala Publishers Ltd.
Price: $7.95, Member Price: $7.15 + tax

The Art Spaces series focuses primarily on the architecture of the world’s great art museums. For Art Spaces: The Menil Collection, assistant curator Clare Elliott’s text summarizes a history of the collection, the commission of the building, a brief look at the works in the collection, as well as an examination of the outlying satellites on the museum’s campus. Originally thought of as a concise guide to the architecture of Renzo Piano’s first US commission, Art Spaces: The Menil Collection functions as a pocket-sized guide to the collection as a whole and not just its container. Special attention is given to how the works in the collection are exhibited with numerous illustrations of the galleries and storage rooms. This book is a much-needed and desired addition to our growing number of Menil Collection titles.
  The Menil Collection by Fondazione Renzo Piano
The Menil Collection
Published by Fondazione Renzo Piano (Italian/English)
Price: $85.00, Member Price $76.50

Recently released and available only here in the US, The Menil Collection is the first monograph devoted solely to the architecture of the Menil building with a commentary from the voice of the master himself, Renzo Piano. Detailing the history of the commission and the intensive study of weather and sun patterns of the building site, The Menil Collection monograph is an absolute must for anyone passionate about this building and collection. Included in this volume are never before seen archival photos of the architect at work measuring light levels and developing the louvers that filter in the natural light so important to the experience of the museum, as well as photos of the site before construction started. Detailed drawings and sketches also abound in this volume. This invaluable document of the architectural process is the first in a planned series of 10 monographs on each of Piano’s most significant commissions. We are honored to be the first book in this series as it shows the special relationship between Mr. Piano and the Menil Collection. For a history of the Menil Collection building, look no further.
The Menil Collection Bookstore features the best books about modern and contemporary art, modern and contemporary architecture, design, and pop culture. We are located opposite The Menil Collection on Sul Ross Street in the heart of Montrose, Houston's arts district. For more information about the museum, please visit The Menil Collection online. Contact us at or by phone, 713-535-3180.

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