A profile of the publication Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards:
Since its inception, Abstraction has been considered an international movement. But within the larger movement were schools of thought which, while still adhering to aspects of abstraction as a whole, were essentially regional. Although many abstract artists maintain that Abstraction is a community, there is widespread interest in exploring the artists of the movement who lived outside of its more globally recognized regions and schools. Among these people are Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards, authors of the recently published tome, Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary.
The book is essentially the culmination of Paglia’s two-plus decades of research, undertaken with the intention of authoring a book on contemporary art in the American West. It was that interest which led him to a specific exploration of contemporary art in Texas, and served as an introduction to the early abstract artists who worked in Texas from the 1930s to the 1960s. After curating the artists for the book, which showcases work from both historical and contemporary Texas artists, he turned his research over to Edwards, who weaved the disparate parts into a cohesive whole with thoughtful, informative bios on each artist.