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Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from the 1940's to the Present

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1993 Hardcover New 0878056769. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--352 pp. With 252 ills. (224 col. ) and 78 photos of the artists. 32 x 24 cm. Description: ... "Emphasizing the distinctive regional character of works by modern self-taught artists in the South, this catalogue presents fine color reproductions of more than 200 paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces produced by Bill Traylor, Edgar Tolson, William Edmondson, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Thornton Dial, Elijah Pierce and some 70 other artists, including religious and visionary compositions, depictions of domestic scenes, images of animals, and portraits of political and cultural figures. Seven substantial essays discussing such topics as the influence of their cultural environment on self-taught Southern artists, the ambiguous status of the untrained artist in the contemporary art world, and the problematic relationship between works by African American folk and professional artists are followed by profiles of the featured figures and Read more Show Less

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name organized and circulated by the New Orleans Museum of Art. Seven essays by Yelen--whose passion for the investigation of this personal art form instigated the project--and several contributors precede the section of 130 colorful works of art, with commentary, arranged in sections on nature, patriotism, social commentary, religious and visionary imagery, daily life, and autobiography. Biographies (with photos) of the artists follow. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878056767
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Pages: 353

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Preface and Acknowledgments 7
Folk Art and the American South 11
Self-Taught Artists: Who They Are 17
The Art of the Self-Taught/The Art of Our Time 21
Artists, Folk and Trained: An African-American Perspective 29
A View from a Distant Shore 38
The Setting: The South 45
Materials and Environments 55
Color Plates and Commentary 61
Autobiography 63
Daily Life 93
Religious and Visionary Imagery 135
Social Commentary and Popular Culture 205
Patriotism 233
Nature 255
Artists' Biographies 296
Checklist of the Exhibition 336
Bibliography 345
Lenders to the Exhibition 348
Index 350
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