Bill Traylor: Untitled (Man in Blue Pants), ca. 1939–47. Poster paint and pencil on cardboard, 10 5/8 x 7 ¼ in. High Museum of Art, T. Marshall Hahn Collection, 1997.115
Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Art
NEW YORK • American Folk Art Museum • Ongoing
|The exhibition features the work of a major figure in American and African-American art history: Bill Traylor (1854 – 1949), a draftsman from Alabama. A self-taught artist from Montgomery, Alabama, Traylor’s depictions of life in rural and urban Alabama have made him one of the most acclaimed artists of the twentieth century. Beginning when he was in his early eighties, in a prolific decade of art making, Traylor produced more than 1,200 drawings in graphite, colored pencil, poster paints and crayon. Many of his works were created on shirt cardboard, cast-off signs and other shaped supports, whose unusual forms often influenced his designs. Traylor used these materials to create geometrically based representations of human and animal figures, often combining them in complex compositions that included abstracted buildings or “constructions.” |
The show features over 60 rarely seen drawings from the two largest public collections of his work, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
An exhibition catalogue is available.
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