Earl Cunningham : Painting an American Eden

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Author: Robert Carleton Hobbs
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Publisher: Abrams
Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 144
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Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
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The seductively bright colors, naive frankness, and highly detailed imagery of the paintings of American artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977) are hard to resist. Whether depicting the Maine coast or Florida's Everglades, harbor scenes with Norse ships or American schooners, or Seminole Indian encampments, Cunningham's work comprises a major contribution to America's artistic heritage. Great attention has recently been focused on folk and outsider art, and among these artists Cunningham is remarkable, both for the length of his career and for his development from a more traditional "American Primitive," as he labeled himself in the 1930s, to a sophisticated vernacular artist in the 1960s and 1970s. In Earl Cunningham: Painting an American Eden author Robert Hobbs gives a vivid picture of the adventurous and controversial life of this self-taught artist. Choosing not to view Cunningham's work as separate from mainstream cultural trends, Hobbs shows how the artist carried on a dialogue with modern art and culture. He traces the intriguing mix of sophistication and naivete present in all of Cunningham's paintings and suggests how he might have drawn on sources such as 19th-century American marine painting, Fauvism, the art of Charles Burchfield or Milton Avery, and even Walt Disney's animated characters. Special attention is given to the artist's series, including his meditations on trains, lighthouses, storms and hurricanes, angel Gabriel weather vanes, and exotic wildlife. Earl Cunningham's intensely colored landscapes are American Edens filled with wonder. In the book's foreword Lynda Roscoe Hartigan provides critical insight into Cunningham's life and artistic odyssey. The 74 brilliant color images are accompanied by more than 25 black-and-white illustrations, which include whimsical drawings by the artist, family snapshots, and several outstanding photographs by the award-winning photographer Jerry Uelsmann, who knew the artist in the 1960s. A large number of Earl Cunningham's paintings and other personal documents survive together today in the collection of Marilyn and Michael Mennello, who have dedicated themselves to the life of this artist. Earl Cunningham: Painting an American Eden accompanies a major traveling exhibition curated by Robert Hobbs and organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.





Robert Carleton Hobbs Biography

Dr. Robert Hobbs, Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Professor of American Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, has taught art history at Florida State, Cornell, and Yale universities, and was director at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. His many publications include Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, and Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years, and he has curated a number of important exhibitions. ... Read full biography

Authors: Robert Carleton Hobbs
Publisher: Abrams
Imprint: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780810931893
ISBN10: 0810931893
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Illustrations: 74 colour illustrations, 28 b&w illustrations, bibliography, chronology, notes, index
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 144
Book Weight: 1225
Book Dimensions: 260x273x25
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Publication date: March 1, 1994
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Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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