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Michael Ennis

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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.

Art |
May 31, 1987

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.

Art |
April 30, 1987

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.

Art |
January 1, 1987

Art of the People

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

Art |
November 1, 1986

Animal Magnetism

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

Post-Modern Times |
August 31, 1986

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.

Post-Modern Times |
July 31, 1986

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 |
June 30, 1986

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.

Post-Modern Times |
May 31, 1986

Post-Modern Times

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

Post-Modern Times |
April 30, 1986

Post-Modern Times

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

Post-Modern Times |
April 1, 1986

Post-Modern Times

Want to unload your business? With Stan Hazelwood, it’s not much harder than getting a date.

Post-Modern Times |
March 1, 1986

Post-Modern Times

At the singles bar of the eighties, is it’s not love, it could still be a good investment opportunity.

Post-Modern Times |
February 1, 1986

Post-Modern Times

In a Twilight Zone-like pocket near UT there are some kids who aren’t ready to grow up.

Art |
February 1, 1986

Rauschenberg Relics

In the current Rauschenberg exhibit at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum the artist finds his first thirty years a tough act to follow.

Post-Modern Times |
December 1, 1985

Post-Modern Times

Christian recording mogul Chris Christian knows what the Rock of Ages really means.

Post-Modern Times |
November 1, 1985

Post-Modern Times

NorthPark Mall inaugurated an epoch twenty years ago. It’s still the standard for upscale shopping.

Post-Modern Times |
September 30, 1985

Post-Modern Times

Today’s with-it seniors are settling in American’s newest retirement boomtown—Kerrville.

Art |
July 31, 1985

A Concrete Romance

One man’s whim-turned-obsession is changing Houston’s McKee Street Bridge and its faded environs into one of the few really original artistic images of the city.

Art |
April 30, 1985

Public Gestures

Dallas' Fifth Texas Sculpture Symposium proves it's time for us to look to our sculptors for public artworks.

Art |
March 1, 1985

Persistent Vigor

The impressive canvases that make up “Fresh Paint” at the Museum of Fine Arts prove that Houston has finally arrived as a significant art-making center.

Art |
February 1, 1985

Sterling Surls

With his rough-hewn sculptures that speak to mankind’s most basic needs, James Surls is fast becoming the dean of Texas art.

Feature |
July 31, 1984

The Marfa Art War

Sculptor Donald Judd had the vision. The Dia Art Foundation had the money. Now they’ve had it with each other.

Art |
April 1, 1984

Light in the Hills

German landscape artist Hermann Lungkwitz saw romantic vistas in the Hill Country at a time when most Texans saw only hardscrabble farmland.

Art |
February 1, 1984

Venetian Finds

Five Texas artists are among those selected for “Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained”, this year’s American entry into the Venice Biennale.

Art |
November 1, 1983

The Roadside Eye

Robert Frank took casual but expressive snapshots that captured dramas of American life and altered the course of modern photography.

Art |
July 31, 1983

Personal Space

Houston’s brash “alternative spaces” are doing more than the city’s mainstream galleries to keep Texas art fresh, rich and diverse.

Art |
June 30, 1983

Lady on the Edge

Photographer Carlotta Corpron moved to Denton in 1935, and the burst of avant-garde work she produced is, so far, unsurpassed in Texas.

Business |
April 30, 1983

A Monument to Making It

It’s a Xanadu of condos, restaurants, gardens, and gyms, a high-tech haven that can outritz nearby Dallas. It’s Las Colinas, a home for corporations that appreciate the finer things in life.

Art |
December 1, 1982

Tintypes And Stormscapes

A new book on the Amon Carter Museum’s photography collection chronicles one and a half colorful centuries of America in haunting black and white.

Art |
July 31, 1982

The Elegiac Image

Photographer George Krause draws the viewer into a twilight world where jocks, saints, and nudes seem almost mystical.

Feature |
May 31, 1982

His Name Was Forrest Bess

He was wildly eccentric, he lived in a shanty on the Gulf, he subsisted as a bait fisherman, he had bizarre notions of eternal life. He may have been the best artist Texas has ever produced.

Art |
January 1, 1982

Miss Van Buren Comes To Texas

An evocative American portrait is one of 75 masterpieces from the Phillips Collection now on display in Dallas. A photographic exhibit in Austin on family life covered just about everything but the family.