Sunday, April 1, 2012

GENESIS: Bill Traylor / April 1, 1854

Red Grooms, Bill Traylor and Fighting Dogs, Oil on wood, 1997. 

"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

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