The most revealing objects in “Arnold Newman: Masterclass,” the monumental exhibit now at the University of Texas’ Ransom Center?
Not necessarily Newman’s elegant black-and-white portraits of influential cultural and political leaders.
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“Arnold Newman: Masterclass”
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 12
Where: Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets
Information: 471-8944, www.hrc.utexas.edu
Exhibit lecture: Marianne Fulton, critic and former chief curator of the George Eastman House will discuss the life of work of Arnold Newman
When: 7 p.m. March 28
Two new books complement the Ransom Center exhibition.
“Masterclass: Arnold Newman” (Thames & Hudson Inc., $60) pays homage to Newman and includes more than 200 photographs, four essays and short biographies of Newman’s sitters. Essay by exhibit curator William A. Ewing; David Coleman, director of the Wittliff Collections and former curator of photography at the Ransom Center; and Arthur Ollman, professor at San Diego State University and curator of many exhibitions produced in collaboration with Newman.
“Arnold Newman: At Work,” (University of Texas Press and Harry Ransom Center; $60). Culled from the Ransom Center’s Newman archive, this volume features not just the photographer’s signature images but also reproductions of his contact sheets, Polaroids and work prints with his handwritten notes. Biographical essay by Marianne Fulton, former director of the George Eastman House. Introducation by Ransom Center curator Roy Flukinger.