[The Highwaymen Florida's African American Landscape Painters] EBOOK / KINDLE

Fascinating read about an interesting art

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in American The obvious strength of this book are the 60 or so high uality reprints of the art of the loose collective nown as the Highwaymen Operative in Florida during the 50 s 60 s 70 s and 80 s They were rediscovered in the 1990s and since people have bee collecting their art What drew me. For the first time the real story behind the Highwaymen has emerged a well researched lively and comprehensive overview of the development and contribution of these African American artists and their place in the history of Florida’s popular culture Mallory McCane O’Connor author of Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast The Highwaymen introduces a group of young black artists who painted  their way out of the despair awaiting them in citrus groves and packing houses of 1950s Florida As their story recaptures the imagination of Floridians and their paintings fetch ever escalating prices the legacy of their freshly conceived landscapes exerts a new and powerful influence on the popular conception of the Sunshine StateWhile the value of Highwaymen paintings conception of the Sunshine StateWhile the value of Highwaymen paintings Storical notes what motivated the Highwaymen on the nature of their art and so on What is clear is that these were and so on What is clear is that these were talented artists who sought to earn a living than to create high art Some nice insight into the informal group of self taught painters that hawked their hastily art Some nice insight into the informal group of self taught painters that hawked their hastily Florida landscape paintings to travelers and local businesses. Rid form of landscape painting corrupting the classically influenced ideals of the Highwaymen’s white mentor A E Bean Backus At first the paintings sold like boom time real estate in succeeding like boom time real estate In succeeding however they were consigned to attics and garage sales Rediscovered in the mid 1990s today they are recognized as the work of American folk artists  Gary Monroe tells the story behind the Highwaymen a loose association of 25 men and 1 woman from the Ft Pierce area a fascinating mixture of individual talent collective enterprise and cultural heritage He also offers a critical look at the paintings and the movement's development Added to this are personal reminiscences by some of the artists along with a gallery of 63 full color reproductions of their paintings  . ,

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To their story was a story about them on NPR a short while back I was intrigued by the images I found on the web I sought this book out The art is vivid and bold and appeals to an idealized and romanticized notion of Florida during that periodBut and bold and appeals to an idealized and romanticized notion of Florida during that periodBut relatively short narrative that leads into this book provided some valuable context and perspective hi. Soared in recent years until now no authoritative account of the lives and work of these black Florida artists has existed Emerging in the 1950s the Highwaymen created idyllic uickly realized images of the Florida dream peddled some 100000 of them from the trunks of their cars   Working with inexpensive materials the Highwaymen produced an astonishing number of landscapes that depict a romanticized Florida a faraway place of wind swept palm trees billowing cumulus clouds wetlands lakes rivers ocean and setting sun With paintings still wet they loaded their cars and traveled the state's east coast selling the images door to door and store to store in restaurants offices courthouses and bank lobbies  Sometimes characterized as motel art the work is a hyb. ,
The Highwaymen Florida's African American Landscape Painters

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