Southern Trained | Migration Made
Playlist: Slave Hymns | Black Spirituals
Born into slavery in Alabama, Bill Traylor spent his life as a rural farm worker after the Thirteenth Amendment emancipation in 1865 freed him. While his 15 children moved to different areas, many migrating North, he remained in Alabama. He started working as an artist at the age of 80, in 1936, producing over 1000 works of art often by the side of the street in Montgomery County.
New York in the 40s: European Abstraction | American Originality
“No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” Friedrich Nietzsche
"Breaking away from accepted conventions in both technique and subject matter, the artists made monumentally scaled works that stood as reflections of their individual psyches—and in doing so, attempted to tap into universal inner sources." Stella Paul
New York School
more on Alexander Calder
Eleonora Nagy, Joan Simon, and Anita Duquette, "Calder’s Circus," in VoCA Journal, October 27, 2017, https://journal.voca.network/calders-circus/.