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"THE ART OF WILLIAM EDMONDSON"
2000-05-20 until 2000-08-27
Museum of American Folk Art
New York, NY, USA United States of America

One of the most important self-taught sculptors of the 20th century, William Edmondson (1882-1951) was the first African American artist to have a one-man exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, in 1937. He was a stone carver whose abstract forms and range of subject matter from biblical sources, popular culture, and folklore were inspired by his religious beliefs and his intimate connection to his community.

Organized by the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, the exhibition presents 40 limestone sculptures and 20 photographs of the artist by Edward Weston and Louise Dahl-Wolfe that reassess Edmondson's oeuvre within the cultural milieu of his time. Catalog available.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tenn. The traveling exhibition and catalog are made possible in part by grants from The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts.

IMAGE:
Bess and Joe, William Edmondson,
Nashville,
limestone,
16 1/2 x 20 1/4 x10,
Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville
(photo credit: Harry Butler)
In one of Edmondson't best-known works, this charming couple represents both a modest familiarity and a nonchalant nobility.


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