As Essential as Dreams

Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

Michelle White; With contributions by Lynne Adele, Brooke Davis Anderson, Haley Berkman, David Breslin, Víctor M. Espinosa, William Fagaly, Edward M. Gómez, Jo Farb Hernández, Lee Kogan, Colin Rhodes, and Leslie Umberger

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August 23, 2016
112 pages, 11 1/2 x 9 3/4
114 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300218411
Hardcover

Distributed for The Menil Collection

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, Martín Ramírez, and Dominico Zindato; paintings by Jon Serl and Johnnie Swearingen; and carved wood sculptures by Charlie Willeto.
 

Michelle White is curator at The Menil Collection, Houston.

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The Menil Collection
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Diver, A Retrospective

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Television and Disaster, 1964-1966

Franklin Sirmans and Michelle White

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Richard Serra Drawing
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Juan Muñoz at the Clark

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Lee Bontecou
Drawn Worlds

Michelle White; With contributions by Dore Ashton and Joan

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Make It New
Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975

Harry Cooper; With contributions by David Breslin and Matt

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