John Alexander: A Retrospective

This is a oil painting of swamp scene with birds in sunset blues and yellows.

John Alexander, Family Affairs, 1995, oil on canvas, Collection of Catherine and Ernest Abbott, © John Alexander

John Alexander (b. 1945) is internationally renowned for his paintings and drawings, which convey humor, rage and a robust appreciation of the human and natural world. John Alexander: A Retrospective is the first full-scale examination of the artist’s three-decade career. 


The exhibition encompasses works from the late 1970s to the present. It includes powerful landscapes and intimate studies of birds and plants; it also presents many of his incisive, satirical commentaries on politics, religion and the human condition. The exhibition features 40 paintings and 27 works on paper. Jane Livingston, author and independent art historian, is the curator of the exhibition; Eleanor Harvey, the museum's chief curator, is the coordinating curator in Washington.

Visiting Information

December 21, 2007 March 15, 2008
Open Daily, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Free Admission


John Alexander: A Retrospective has been organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The presentation in Washington is supported in part by Catherine and Ernest Abbott, the Abramson Family Foundation Inc., Conrad and Ludmila Cafritz, Timothy A. and Mary Anna Eaton, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, and Frank R. Ribelin.


The beautifully illustrated catalogue includes essays by Livingston; Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Robert Hughes, art critic. 


John Alexander
born Beaumont, TX 1945