Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida's Self-Taught Artists

Gary Monroe

Details: 144 pages    7 x 10
Cloth: $34.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-2670-1   
Pubdate: 12/31/2003
Review(s): 7 available

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"Captures not only essential characteristics of these 61 artists but also clear and honest discoveries of the creative process. [The] writing is poignant . . . with a warmth and respect for the subjects that makes us feel a kinship to their eccentricities."--Amy Vigilante Dickerson, University of Florida

"Conveys a passionate enthusiasm for the unexpected and even the wacky, proving that the unconventional and peculiar still flourish amidst the increasing homogeneity of twenty-first century America."--Carol Crown, University of Memphis
Fresh and exciting, the unorthodox work of the self-taught artist confounds our understanding of contemporary art. Presented in full color, this collection of examples from Florida artists attests to an intensely personal yet universal desire for self-expression.

"From sculpture in wood and tin to paintings on canvas, grocery bags, and old pizza boxes, the pieces display a raw emotion and independent spirit that typically disregard artistic rules, training, and traditions. Gary Monroe examines the distinctive features of each artist's work and places it in the context of the national dialogue about folk art. He also summarizes the current debate about terminology--labels such as naďve, outsider, visionary, vernacular, and folk all have been used to describe these mavericks—in a discussion that challenges presumptions about aesthetic criticism.

"The book explores each artist's creative process, revealing lives fueled by inner inspiration and generally isolated from the art market, from institutional support, and from mainstream culture. It also includes dramatic photographic portraits of the artists--some with international reputations and others known mainly in Florida or entirely unknown to the public--as well as information about their background, current works, and location in the state.

"For artists, collectors, art historians, museum and gallery personnel, and for the general audience of art enthusiasts as well as visitors to the state, this handsome book captures an original piece of Florida's cultural heritage.

"Gary Monroe, professor of visual art at Daytona Beach Community College, is the author of The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters (UPF, 2001), Life in South Beach, and Florida Dreams and coeditor of Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community (UPF, 2000), in which his documentary photographs appear.



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Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community
The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black's Concrete Dreams
Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen
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The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters
Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman
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Florida's American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region

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