Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida's Self-Taught Artists

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Fresh and exciting, the unorthodox work of the self-taught artist confounds our understanding of contemporary art. This collection of examples from Florida artists attests to the intensely personal yet universal desire for self-expression. From sculpture in wood and tin to paintings on canvas, grocery bags, and old pizza boxes, the pieces display a raw emotion and independent spirit that typically disregard artistic rules, training, and traditions. Gary Monroe examines the distinctive features of each artist's ...
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Overview

Fresh and exciting, the unorthodox work of the self-taught artist confounds our understanding of contemporary art. This collection of examples from Florida artists attests to the intensely personal yet universal desire for self-expression. From sculpture in wood and tin to paintings on canvas, grocery bags, and old pizza boxes, the pieces display a raw emotion and independent spirit that typically disregard artistic rules, training, and traditions. Gary Monroe examines the distinctive features of each artist's work and places it in the context of the national dialogue about folk art. He also summarizes the current debate about terminology -- labels such as naive, outsider, visionary, vernacular, and folk all have been used to describe these mavericks -- in a discussion that challenges presumptions about aesthetic criticism. Monroe explores each artist's creative process, revealing lives fueled by inner inspiration and generally isolated from the art market, from institutional support, and from mainstream culture. He also includes dramatic photographic portraits of the artists -- some with international reputations and others entirely unknown to the public or known mainly in Florida -- as well as information about their background, current works, and location in the state. Capturing these extraordinary interpretations, Monroe reveals art and artists as diverse as the Sunshine State itself.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813026701
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Extraordinary Interpretations 1
The Artists
Rodney Hardee 9
Eugene Beecher 11
Edward Ott 13
Joey Smollen 15
Woodie Long 17
Francis Moore 19
Bettye Williams 21
Virginia Dixon Shealey 23
Janice Kennedy 25
Margot Warren 27
Polly Bernard 29
Trish Gullett 31
Mario Mesa 33
Robert Roberg 35
Charles Courtney 37
Robyn Beverland 39
Jack Beverland 41
Jan Kardes 43
Carol Ruddy 45
Frank Ritchie 47
Kathy d'Adesky 49
Patricia Calamari 51
Susanne Blankemeier 53
Steve Miller 55
Brian Dowdall 57
Kurt Zimmerman 59
Rose Bilal 61
Ed Volonnino 63
Ray Brown 65
Melvin Thayer 67
Jerry Coker 69
Alyne Harris 71
Mary Proctor 73
Aurelia Johnson 75
Bryant Gowens 77
Duane Locke 79
Morgan Steele 81
Carl Knickerbocker 83
Tony Garan 85
Keith Campbell 87
Mark Miller 89
Kevin Doyle 91
Arthur Desillier 93
Tom Cummings 95
Joseph Abrams 97
Jay Schuette 99
Cathey Kalista 101
George Ferreira 103
Reva Freedman 105
Celino Dimitroff 107
Pharaoh Baker 109
John Gerdes 111
Milton Schwartz 113
Jane Winkelman 115
Ralph Foley 117
Don Stone 119
Grover Walker 121
Taft Richardson 123
Kenny Dickerson 125
Sahara and Haydee Scull 127
Purvis Young 129
O. L. Samuels 131
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