Grandma Moses: in the 21st Century

Grandma Moses: in the 21st Century

by Jane Kallir
     
 

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Grandma Moses and her paintings first came to public attention in 1940, when she was 80 years old. Her folk art, down-home personality, and background as a farmer and homemaker charmed the American public. By the time she died at the age of 101, she had completed over 1600 works of art and had established an international reputation. The work of "the white-haired girl

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Grandma Moses and her paintings first came to public attention in 1940, when she was 80 years old. Her folk art, down-home personality, and background as a farmer and homemaker charmed the American public. By the time she died at the age of 101, she had completed over 1600 works of art and had established an international reputation. The work of "the white-haired girl," a self-taught artist who was a regular news feature for two decades, remained enormously popular at home and abroad even in the years after her death.

For this reevaluation of the work of Grandma Moses, Jane Kallir contributes an authoritative introduction and presents a catalogue that illustrates 87 of Moses' most important works. Kallir traces Moses' development as an artist from the first embroidered landscapes to the glorious paintings of her "old-age style." The Grandma Moses myth is tackled from various perspectives. Roger Cardinal examines the artist's working methods, exploring the relationship between the actual regional landscape and her interpretation of the area. Michael D. Hall places Moses within the context of contemporary artistic and social movements of the 1940s and 1950s. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan reveals how memory and imagination merge in the paintings. And Judith E. Stein discusses the role of gender in shaping the artist's reputation in the postwar years.

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The legendary self-taught artist Grandma Moses, who began her career very late in life, was a prolific painter, producing more than 1,600 works before her death at the age of 101. Moses, whose personal story is as powerful and vibrant as her artwork, immortalized the rituals, seasons, and hard labor of American farm life in her rich, energetic paintings. Grandma Moses in the 21st Century showcases Moses' evocative folk art in more than 100 color plates and 57 black-and-white illustrations. Excellent essays, contributed by several important scholars, including Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, the chief curator at the Smithsonian's Museum of American Art, explore the significance of gender and memory in Moses' works. Produced in conjunction with a major 2001-2002 exhibition of Moses' work, this volume offers fresh perspectives on a beloved American artist.
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Grandma Moses is an amalgam of wisdom, nostalgia, and idealism that should place her firmly in the U.S.'s artistic heritage.
Library Journal
Grandma Moses, a self-taught artist from upstate New York who first came to public attention at the age of 80, created 1600 works before her death at the age of 101. Recognized as the foremost authority on Moses, Kallir (Grandma Moses: 25 Masterworks) joined forces with other contributors to produce this catalog for an exhibition that opened in March at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC) and will travel nationwide through 2002. For the exhibit, Kallir selected 87 works from both public and private collections. What results is not merely a coffee-table book full of folksy paintings. Scholarly essays detail the relationship between the regional landscape and the artist's interpretation of the area, describe how memory and imagination merge in the paintings, place Moses's art within the artistic and social movements of the Forties and Fifties, and discuss the role of gender in shaping the artist's reputation in the postwar years. This is the most extensive book on Moses currently available, though several biographies have been published for children. Recommended for fine and folk art collections in large public and academic libraries. Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Grandma Moses In The 21st Century is a catalog of an elderly painter's folk art and provides an excellent survey of her works including an intricate examination of her working methods, her interpretive process, and her role in the context of modern art and social movements of her times, in the 1940s and 50s. The result is an excellent catalog which features important analyses of her achievements and displays her notable works in lavish, full page color.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089271
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.82(h) x 1.06(d)

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