Woody Guthrie Art Works

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Songwriter, poet, writer, political activist . . . and, perhaps most fundamental to his work but least known about Woody Guthrie, artist. "Contrary to popular mythology, it was with paint brushes in hand, not a guitar, that Guthrie hit the road for California. He had hocked his guitar . . . and it was his artistic skills that he brokered for room and board." So begins Nora's fascinating revelations about her father's vast body of artwork. Other than the drawings for his autobiography, Bound for Glory, few have ...
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N.Y. 2005 Hard Cover New/No Jacket, as Issued 0847827380 BRAND NEW HARDCOVER OFF OUR WAREHOUSE SHELVES, IN PUBLISHER'S SHRINKWRAP. 300 pages, illustrated throughout with many ... examples of Guthrie's art. WOODY GUTHRIE: ARTWORKS. The Journals, Drawings, and Sketchbooks of an American Original, with contributions from Steven Brewer, Nopra Guthrie, Billy Bragg and Jeff Tweedy. Read more Show Less

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Songwriter, poet, writer, political activist . . . and, perhaps most fundamental to his work but least known about Woody Guthrie, artist. "Contrary to popular mythology, it was with paint brushes in hand, not a guitar, that Guthrie hit the road for California. He had hocked his guitar . . . and it was his artistic skills that he brokered for room and board." So begins Nora's fascinating revelations about her father's vast body of artwork. Other than the drawings for his autobiography, Bound for Glory, few have seen Guthrie's art. This is because much of it is inextricably bound into diaries and work books into which he poured his images, and which are presented here for the first time. Guthrie worked as a commercial artist, illustrating album covers, books, and newspaper columns, and kept a daily record of his life, and of American life, in thousands of pictures. Some complement song-writing in such a fluid way that they often appear interwoven with handwritten lyrics. The stinging honesty, humor, and wit found in his music are also to be found in his art, layering our understanding of his social, political, and spiritual life. In more than 300 examples, his visual creativity is apparent, from political cartoons to bawdy and comical gouaches to children's art to abstract emotional outpourings. Drawing extensively on Guthrie's words, Brower unveils an enhanced portrait of one of America's greatest creative forces.
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Hundreds of folk legend Guthrie's artworks were discovered by daughter Nora in 1992, and although his artistic endeavors were no secret, this recovered treasure, which includes cartoons, posters, sketches, and watercolors, provides a grand opportunity to look into the mind and heart of an American icon. A small sampling of Guthrie's work appeared in his 1995 autobiography, Bound for Glory, but this volume, with excellent and insightful essays by graphic designer, writer, and visual arts teacher Brower, is a major contribution. There is no evidence that Guthrie ever received formal art training, but he coupled a keen eye for life with a political cartoonist's sharp-nibbed pen and always expressed himself with the touch of wit, bite of irony, and warmth of emotion that pervaded his musical opus. Personal notebooks, records of thoughts and images, penetrating cartoons, sketches of family and friends, and more enliven the pages of this remarkable book. Everyone would benefit from a look into these pages! Highly recommended for visual arts collections, music collections, and collections dealing with the social and political history of the mid-20th century and for large academic and public libraries generally.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780847827381
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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Steven Brower is an award-winning graphic designer and writer working in New York City.Nora Guthrie, directs the Woody Guthrie Archives, which opened in 1996.
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