Highlights from the MFA’s Folk Art Collection
October 24-December 20, 2009
Imaginative works by significant contemporary, self-taught artists will be featured in half of the Museum’s Howard Acheson Gallery, now dedicated to art after 1945. Artists include Bill Traylor, Dilmus Hall, Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, Nellie Mae Rowe, Purvis Young, James Harold Jennings, Carleton Garrett, Ned Cartledge, Roger Rice, Ruby Williams, Lonnie Holley, Brian Dowdall, Jack Beverland, and Missionary Mary Proctor.
Outstanding among this group is Miami’s Purvis Young. His central influence is the dangerous, gritty neighborhood of Overtown, where he moved after serving time as a youth in prison. The juxtaposition of people and buildings in the powerful Faces and Buildings, communicates the tension of the inner city....
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