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Bill Traylor, William Edmondson and the Modernist Impulse

Birmingham Museum of Art

Bill Traylor, William Edmondson and the Modernist Impulse

By Roxanne Stanulis, published 2005 by Krannert Art Museum. Major figures in American and African American art history, both artists were born into poverty in the South and began creating art as older men. In 1937 Edmondson was the first African American artist to have a one-man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Traylor, a draftsman, and Edmondson, a sculptor, both created figurative work inspired by their surroundings or people they knew and employed abstract forms and simplified compositions. This catalogue examines the aesthetic connections between their works within the framework of modernism.

Softcover, 208 pages, color and B&W illustrations, 8.5"x10" format.