Thursday, March 29 at 7PM

William Middleton
speaking & signing
Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil

In Conversation with Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Blanton Art Museum



The first and definitive biography of the celebrated collectors Dominique and John de Menil, who became one of the greatest cultural forces of the twentieth century through groundbreaking exhibits of art, artistic scholarship, the creation of innovative galleries and museums, and work with civil rights.

Dominique and John de Menil created an oasis of culture in their Philip Johnson-designed house with everyone from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In Houston, they built the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the Contemporary Arts Museum. 

Now, with unprecedented access to family archives, William Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this unique couple. From their ancestors in Normandy and Alsace, to their own early years in France, and their travels in South America before settling in Houston. We see them introduced to the artists in Europe and America whose works they would collect, and we see how, by the 1960s, their collection had grown to include 17,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, rare books, and decorative objects. 

And here is, as well, a vivid behind-the-scenes look at the art world of the twentieth century and the enormous influence the de Menils wielded through what they collected and built and through the causes they believed in.


WILLIAM MIDDLETON is a journalist and editor who has worked in New York and Paris. He has been the Fashion Features Director for Harper's Bazaar and the Paris Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications, overseeing Magazine and Women's Wear Daily. He has written for The New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine, Vogue, House & Garden, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and the International Herald Tribune.


Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum. Among her recent exhibitions at the Blanton include Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser and Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt (2015). She is currently working on a small exhibition with Vincent Valdez and in the research phase of a major thematic exhibition. Prior to joining the Blanton in 2013, she worked for numerous art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her MA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara and her BA in Art History from Williams College.

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ISBN: 9780375415432
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 27th, 2018

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