Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.

Stories

The Anxious Witness

Photographer Robert Frank held up a mirror to America. Now Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts turns the mirror on him.

Post-Modern Times

At the Crescent’s opening, old, excessive Texas came face to face with new, designer Texas.

Post-Modern Times

Houston’s upper crust and underclass mingle at Jo Abercrombie’s Wednesday night fights.

Little Masterpieces on the Lawn

“Art Among Us/Arte Entre Nosotros” reveals the delightful madness of San Antonio’s barrio art.

Post-Modern Times

A Texas lab that look s like the set for a Buck Rogers movie is actually the frontier of the Star Wars weapons research effort.

The Blood-red Maya

At the heart of this ancient culture were cruelty, self-mutilation, and ghostly visions.

Post-Modern Times

UT is testing this device that works like a BB gun, only it’s a little more powerful—it’ll be able to shatter a Soviet warhead speeding through space.

Post-Modern Times

Two gleaming office towers are going up face to face in downtown Austin. Now their marketing managers have to rent the town asunder.

Animal Magnetism

Melissa Miller’s lions and tiger confront demons, dance under the moon, and reflect the ambiguity of the modern world.

Art of the People

An innovative folk art exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art affirms the irrepressible spirit of the Mexican people.

Romancing the Stone

Using a circular saw and a shrewd commercial sense, Plano housewife Sandy Stein chiseled a new life for herself as a sculptor.

New Kid on the Block

The Menil Collection has received so much attention that its opening this month may seem anticlimactic. The only unknown is what the director plans to do with it all.

Subjects of the Realm

Hans Holbein’s life drawings are a tantalizing glumpse into the lusty court of Henry VIII. And courtesy of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, they’re on view at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

From the Wyeth House to the White House

The Dallas Museum of Art hosts an eighty-year retrospective of Wyeth family art that carries Nancy Reagan’s seal of approval.

Lost Horizons

An exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum contends that before the cowboy became America’s hero, Indians and mountain men were the icons of a vanishing frontier.

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