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The first definitive book of Alabama's visionary folk art


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Americana in George The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens will be presenting an exhibition of traditional American folk art from September 24 through November 13. "Americana: Folk Art Traditions" includes cross-stitch samplers, weathervanes, theorem paintings, carousel animals, decoys, and other handmade objects. The aim of the exhibit's organizers is to continue the inquiry into the nature of folk art and the traditions that inform it. This colorful and diverse collection, which is on loan from Gerald T. Horton, contains approximately 70 unique objects




Slingluff; 1828; silk thread on fabric; 12 1/4 x 16 1/2"; collection of Gerald T. Horton

produced during the late 18th to mid-20th centuries and gives particular attention to decoys and to samplers executed by girls and young women in the early 19th century. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated checklist with an essay by curator Patricia Phagan. For more information, call 706/542-3255.

Alabama's Visionary Folk Artists Text by Kathy Kemp • Photographs by Keith Boyer Introduction by Gail Trechsel

William Roseman (1891-1994) Bill Roseman, painter of genre and biblical scenes, as well as antiwar subjects, died at his home of natural causes on July 9. He was 103. The artist is best known for his painting The Champion, which was recently on view in the exhibition "TwentiethCentury Self-Taught Artists From the Mid-Atlantic Region" at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, N.J. Roseman was also a songwriter. Born in New York City, Roseman graduated from Hebrew Technical Institute with an education in vocational training. He worked in industry for many years and at one point was the foreman for American Machine and Foundry's Brooklyn division. In 1924, he began teaching industrial and applied arts in New York City's high schools; he retired from Brooklyn's Midwood High School in 1957. He attended painting workshops at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and at various senior citizen centers. Gene Epstein, a pri-

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labama is increasingly viewed as an active center of visionary folk A art (also known as outsider or self-taught art), producing a high volume of exceptional artists and works.

vate folk art dealer, discovered Mr. Roseman's talent at the Dorchester Senior Center. Roseman favored oil and, later in his life, acrylics on canvas or canvas board for his estimated 300 paintings. He worked from 8 to 10 hours almost daily from 1957 until 1992, when his strength began to fail. His paintings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum,the Jewish Museum,Epstein/Powell, the Jay Johnson Gallery, the International Art exchange, and AADA Arts Gallery. Both of Roseman's sons became artists. He is survived by one son, David Raymond,and a grandchild, Fran. —Lee Kogan

Revelations, the first definitive volume covering Alabama's key -visionary folk artists, presents these exciting works and their creators in a beautiful full-color hardbound edition worthy of the finest collection. •10 / 1 2"x 10"/ 224 pages! hardcover /full color gloss varnish jacket • Over 100 full-color reproductions of Alabama's most important works of visionary folk art • Profiles of each artist with quality black-and-white portrait photos •Introduction by Gail Trechsel of the Birmingham Museum of Art •Also available in bookstores, galleries, and museum shops To order, simply fill out the order form below and mail with your payment or credit card number. ORDER FORM Revelations

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Folk Art (Fall 1994)