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The Highwaymen Florida's African American Landscape Painters

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I was just down in Delray Beach Florida I was there I Visited The Spady the Spady Cultural Museum which is the former home of the late Solomon D Spady the most prominent African American educator and community leader in the city from the 20s through the 50s They were showing an exhibit of a group of Florida landscape painters known as the Highwaymen whom I d never heard ofI liked the show so I bought this book and ead it over the course of the next few days The Highwaymen were a group of young African American painters 25 men and one woman in and around Ft Pierce who produced approximately 50000 to 200000 woman in and around Ft Pierce who produced approximately 50000 to 200000 paintings fro. For the first time the The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity real story behind the Highwaymen has emerged a wellesearched lively and comprehensive overview of the development and contribution of these African American artists and their place in the history of Florida’s popular culture Mallory McCane O’Connor author of Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast The Highwaymen introduces a group of young black artists who painted  their way out of the despair awaiting them in citrus groves and packing houses of 1950s Florida As their story ecaptures the imagination of Floridians and their paintings fetch ever escalating prices the legacy of their freshly conceived landscapes exerts a new and powerful influence on the popular conception of the Sunshine StateWhile the value of Highwaymen paintings has. M the 50s through the 70s #The name Highwaymen wasn t given to them until 1994 when Astute essay Wonderful plates of #name Highwaymen wasn t given to them until 1994 when Astute essay Wonderful
PLATES OF PAINTINGS THE OBVIOUS STRENGTH 
of paintings The obvious strength this book are the 60 or so high uality eprints of the art of the loose collective known as the Highwaymen Operative in Florida during the 50 s 60 s 70 s and 80 s They were ediscovered in the 1990s and since people have bee collecting their art What drew me to their story was a story about them on NPR a short while back I was intrigued by the images I found on the web I sought this book out The art is vivid and bold and appeals to an idealized and omanticized notion of Florida DUR. SOARED IN RECENT YEARS UNTIL NOW NO Soared in Berlayar di Pamor Badik recent years until now no account of the lives and work of these black Florida artists has existed Emerging in the late 1950s the Highwaymen created idyllic uicklyealized images of the Florida dream and peddled some 100000 of them from the trunks of their cars   Working with inexpensive materials the Highwaymen produced an astonishing number of landscapes that depict a L. Munatius Plancus romanticized Florida a faraway place of wind swept palm trees billowing cumulus clouds wetlands lakesivers ocean and setting sun With paintings still wet they loaded their cars and traveled the state's east coast selling the images door to door and store to store in estaurants offices courthouses and bank lobbies  Sometimes characterized as motel art the work is a hyb.
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Ing that periodBut the elatively short narrative that leads into this book provided #Some Valuable Context And #valuable context and historical notes what motivated the Highwaymen on the nature of their art and so on What is clear is that these were serious talented artists who sought to earn a living than to create high art Heard the author speak at my collegea fascinating group of African American painters one woman among the men who painted uickly for money ather than high art yet their paintings beautifully evoke money ather than high art yet their paintings beautifully evoke Florida landscape and dreamscape Sold for 25 each in the 60 s and 70 s they are now collectors items selling in the thousand. Rid form of landscape painting corrupting the classically influenced ideals of the Highwaymen’s white mentor A E Bean Backus At first the paintings sold like boom time eal estate In succeeding decades however they were consigned to attics and garage sales Rediscovered in the mid 1990s today they are ecognized as the work of American folk artists  Gary Monroe tells the story behind the Highwaymen a loose association of 25 men and 1 woman from the Ft Pierce area a fascinating mixture of individual talent collective enterprise and cultural heritage He also offers a critical look at the paintings and the movement's development Added to this are personal eminiscences by some of the artists along with a and the movement's development Added to this are personal Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela reminiscences by some of the artists along with a of 63 full coloreproductions of their paintings  .

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