Dox Thrash: An African-American Master Printmaker Rediscovered

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Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 2001 Cloth First Edition As New in As New jacket Exhibition Catalog. 4to-over 9?"-12" tall. First Edition. Maroon cloth binding, 176 pp. Illustrated ... throughout in black and white and color. Georgia-born printmaker Dox Thrash came of age as an artist in Chicago and New England in the 1920s and 1930s?a time when art in the United States was beginning to produce realistic reflections of everyday life, in a movement alternately known as "Regionalism, " "Social Realism, " or simply the "American Scene." Throughout his career Thrash drew on personal experience for the striking imagery in his work, with scenes ranging from childhood memories of the rural South to hard times in the urban centers of the North; from patriotic defense work during wartime to poetic portraits of his community and its residents. This monograph presents 125 color and black and white illustrations of his work, that of his contemporaries, and photographs from his life. There is also a catalogue raisonn? of his 18 Read more Show Less

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Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 2001 Cloth First Edition New in New jacket Exhibition Catalog. 4to-over 9?"-12" tall. First Edition. Maroon cloth binding, 176 pp. Illustrated ... throughout in black and white and color. Georgia-born printmaker Dox Thrash came of age as an artist in Chicago and New England in the 1920s and 1930s?a time when art in the United States was beginning to produce realistic reflections of everyday life, in a movement alternately known as "Regionalism, " "Social Realism, " or simply the "American Scene." Throughout his career Thrash drew on personal experience for the striking imagery in his work, with scenes ranging from childhood memories of the rural South to hard times in the urban centers of the North; from patriotic defense work during wartime to poetic portraits of his community and its residents. This monograph presents 125 color and black and white illustrations of his work, that of his contemporaries, and photographs from his life. There is also a catalogue raisonn? of his 188 know Read more Show Less

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"Dox Thrash came of age as an artist in the 1920s and 1930s, a time when art in the United States began to offer accurate reflections of everyday life. Known as "Regionalism," "Social Realism," or simply the "American Scene," this widespread movement encouraged artists to focus their attention on the work around them. Throughout his career Thrash drew on personal experience for the striking imagery in his work, with scenes ranging from childhood memories of the rural South to hard times in the urban centers of the North, patriotic defense work during wartime, and poetic portraits of his community and its residents." The four essays in this volume open windows on different aspects of the artist's life, offering a historical overview on his training and career as a printmaker; an examination of the inner workings of the Fine Print Workshop in Philadelphia, the only WPA workshop devoted entirely to the production of limited-edition prints; a re-creation of the Pyramid Club, Philadelphia's premier African American cultural and social institution in the 1940s and 1950s; and an investigation of Thrash's use of African American themes in his work.
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Dox Thrash always knew he wanted to be an artist. He left rural Georgia at the turn of the century and took night courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while working as an elevator operator. Although his career was interrupted by service in World War I, he earned a living as a graphic designer until the Depression. After settling in Philadelphia, Thrash joined the Fine Print workshop of the WPA, where he was instrumental in discovering the carborundom technique, an intaglio process whose results resemble a mezzotint. His depictions of everyday life, memories of the South, graceful nudes, and humanistic portraits convey an African American social realism that have hardly been appreciated until now. Curator and organizer of a major retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ittmann has assembled a catalogue raisonn along with four essays by additional scholars dealing with the artist's life plus the social milieu of his time. WPA artists made important contributions to American art history, and the African American artists among them are especially underrepresented in most collections, making this high-quality book a worthwhile purchase. Susan Lense, Upper Arlington P.L., OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition
Foreword
Preface
Note to the Reader
Dox Thrash: "I Always Wanted To Be an Artist" 1
The Fine Print Workshop of the Philadelphia Federal Art Project 43
Dox Thrash and the Pyramid Club 53
"Racial Idiom" in the Work of Dox Thrash 65
Guide to the Catalogue Raisonne of Prints 84
Abbreviations 88
Catalogue Raisonne of Prints 90
Chronology 130
Lifetime Exhibition Record 140
Notes 146
Glossary of Printmaking Terms 163
Selected Bibliography 164
Alphabetical List of Print Titles 167
Indexes 170
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