|Red Grooms, Bill Traylor and Fighting Dogs, Oil on wood, 1997.|
PORTRAIT BY RED GROOMS
"As with so many blues [music] artists, lynching was a defining experience for Bill Traylor. It forced him to find a way to break through his wall of silence. He painted out of pain, and pointed to conjure as a way for black people to overcome, a message that white people never understood. ...[His] art moves the soul to sing, to see farther, and to act."
--Mechal Sobel in Painting A Hidden Life: The Art of Bill Traylor
is on view at High Museum of Art until May 13, 2012