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This retrospective, which is being published to coincide with an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through June 6, is the first all-inclusive overview of John Alexander's work. Heavily influenced by the Gulf Coast oil- and fishing-industry town of Beaumont, TX, where Alexander was born in 1945, these paintings and drawings are as expressive of Audubonesque bayou and marshland flora and fauna as they are of Alexander's own nightmarish memories of his Pentecostal upbringing and the nauseating social injustices that have befallen Cajun- and Creole-country African Americans over time. Primary author Livingston is an independent art historian who has curated exhibitions and published numerous works on topics such as Hispanic American art and women artists. This thoughtfully constructed exhibition catalog, complete with scholarly essays, color plates, a chronology of the artist's life, the artist's exhibition history, and a checklist of works, is recommended for art libraries.