Perspectives was one of the first U.S. museum series to focus on developments in contemporary art and it has continued uninterrupted from its inception in 1979 to the present. The catalogue reviews the series’s distinguished history and highly successful record of introducing audiences to some of the most exciting art of the last quarter century. This was achieved through reproductions of and entries about the work of the 77 regional, national, and international artists selected for the exhibition to represent more than 800 artists who have exhibited in Perspectives shows over the years.
Featured artists are: Amy Adler, Ghada Amer, Laurie Anderson, Dotty Attie, Sanford Biggers, Elmer Bischoff, Nayland Blake, Ross Bleckner, Gay Block, Christian Boltanski, Christine Borland, Mark Bradford, Nancy Burson, Sophie Calle, Chuck Close, Sue Coe, George Condo, Russell Crotty, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Stan Douglas, James Drake, Sharon Engelstein, Brian Eno, InkaEssenhigh, Eric Fischl, Vernon Fisher, Philip Glass, Nan Goldin, Rodney Graham, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Eve Hesse, Gary Hill, Jenny Holtzer, Benito Huerta, Lucas Johnson, Emma Kay, Mel Kendrick, Barbara Kruger, Charles Mary Kubricht, Guillermo Kuitca, Annette Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Manual, John McCracken, David McGee, Melissa Miller, Yasumasa Morimura, Ernesto Neto, Nic Nicosia, Yoko Ono, Aaron Parazette, Paul Pfeiffer, Ken Price, Rachel Ranta, Alan Rath, Neo Rauch, Robert Rauschenberg, Dario Robleto, Lordy Rodriguez, Susie Rosmarin, Sigrid Sandström, Cindy Sherman, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Lorna Simpson, Matthew Sontheimer, Al Souza, Gael Stack, Earl Staley, Mark Tansey, Sam Taylor-Wood, Robin Utterback, Liz Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman, Anne Wilson, and Robert Ziebell.
The catalogue includes essays and contributions by Marti Mayo, Theresa Papanikolas, Nayland Blake, Cheryl A. Brutvan, Peter Doroshenko, Dana Friis-Hansen, Lynn M. Herbert, Paola Morsiani, Paula Newton, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Peter Precourt, Stephanie Smith, Emily Leland Todd, and Marilyn A. Zeitlin; reminiscences about the series by members of the Houston arts community; a list of the artists whose work has been included in Perspectives exhibtions; and an illustrated chronology of the series’ exhibitions.