Click to enlargeClementine Hunter

ISBN: 088289658x; Author: Wilson, James; Publisher: Pelican Publications; Format: Hardcover; Twentieth-century folk art is receiving increased attention. The Museum of American Folk Art in New York, for example, is building a permanent home to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of this artistic style and heritage. Its collections, while more famous for pre-twentieth-century art, include the work of several twentieth-century artists. One such artist, Clementine Hunter, a black woman born in the nineteenth century, is the subject of this beautiful book. More than 100 color plates demonstrate Hunter's bold use of color. Of particular interest are excerpts from letters written by Francois Mignon, a close friend and curator at the plantation where Hunter was raised and worked for seventy-five years. Mignon's letters to the art collector and dealer James Register, describe Hunter's evolution into one of America's important folk artists. All in all, a beautifully published testament to an American original. ..Independent Publisher


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