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Author Umberger, Leslie, author.

Title Between worlds : the art of Bill Traylor / Leslie Umberger ; with an introduction by Kerry James Marshall.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : Smithsonian American Art Museum ; Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    709.0409 Traylor,B UMB    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    709.0409 TRAYLOR,B UMB    Available
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Non-Fiction    709.0409 TRAYLOR,B UMB    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    709.0409 TRAYLOR,B UMB    Available
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Description 444 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
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Note "Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, September 28, 2018-March 17, 2019"--Page after title page.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Lenders to the exhibition -- Director's foreword -- Preface -- Notes to the reader -- The beatitudes of Bill Traylor / Kerry James Marshall -- Prologue -- The life of Bill Traylor -- Nineteenth-century Alabama and the world of Bill Traylor's parents -- Bill Traylor's adult life and family, 1880-1949 -- The art of Bill Traylor -- Early work, ca.1939-1940: plates 4-70 -- Florescence, ca.1940-1942: plates 71-197 -- Art in the final years, 1942-1949 -- Afterlife: the posthumous success of Bill Traylor's art: plates 198-204 -- Timeline and family trees -- List of plates -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Image credits -- Index.
Summary "Bill Traylor (ca. 1853-1949) is regarded today as one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. A black man born into slavery in Alabama, he was an eyewitness to history--the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration, and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South. Traylor would not live to see the civil rights movement, but he was among those who laid its foundation. Starting around 1939, Traylor--by then in his late eighties and living on the streets of Montgomery--took up pencil and paintbrush to attest to his existence and point of view. In keeping with this radical step, the paintings and drawings he made are visually striking and politically assertive; they include simple yet powerful distillations of tales and memories as well as spare, vibrantly colored abstractions. When Traylor died, he left behind more than one thousand works of art. In Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor, Leslie Umberger considers more than two hundred artworks to provide the most comprehensive and in-depth study of the artist to date; she examines his life, art, and powerful drive to bear witness through the only means he had, pictures. The author draws on a wealth of historical documents--including federal and state census records, birth and death certificates, slave schedules, and interviews with family members-- to clarify the record of Traylor's personal history and family life. The story of his art opens in the late 1930s, when Traylor first received attention for his pencil drawings on found board, and concludes with the posthumous success of his oeuvre"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Traylor, Bill, 1854-1949 -- Exhibitions.
Outsider art -- United States -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Added Author Marshall, Kerry James, 1955- writer of introduction.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, organizer, host institution.
Added Title Art of Bill Traylor
ISBN 9780691182674 hardcover $65.00
0691182671 hardcover $65.00
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