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AS ESSENTIAL AS DREAMS: SELF-TAUGHT ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF STEPHANIE AND JOHN SMITHER. Michelle White. Menil Collection, Houston, 2016. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven. 112 pp. with 114 col. ills. 26 x 31 cm. ISBN 9780300218411 In English.
Publisher's description: This stunning book examines the collection of works by self-taught artists assembled by Stephanie and John Smither over the last thirty-odd years. A team of prominent curators, writers, critics, and art historians focuses on key works by twelve artists, including the boisterous assemblages of Thornton Dial; brightly colored visual interpretations of the Bible by Sister Gertrude Morgan; Oscar Hadwiger's detailed wood models of fantastical architecture; and Carlo Zinelli's narrative tableaus of stylized figures and animals. Also featured are works by the ceramicist Georgia Blizzard; drawings by Hiroyuki Doi, Solange Knopf, Martin Ramirez, and Dominico Zindato; paintings by Jon Serl and Johnnie Swearingen; and carved wood sculptures by Charlie Willeto.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71,02,03,20
Worldwide Number: 037328
Hardcover $45.00    

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