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As Essential as Dreams

Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

Michelle White, Lynne Adele (Contributions by), Brooke Davis Anderson (Contributions by), Haley Berkman (Contributions by), David Breslin (Contributions by), Víctor M. Espinosa (Contributions by), William Fagaly (Contributions by), Edward M. Gómez (Contributions by), Jo Farb Hernández (Contributions by), Lee Kogan (Contributions by), Colin Rhodes (Contributions by), Leslie Umberger (Contributions by)


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This stunning book examines the collection of works by self-taught artists assembled by Stephanie and John Smither over the last thirty-odd years. A team of prominent curators, writers, critics, and art historians focuses on key works by twelve artists, including the boisterous assemblages of Thornton Dial; brightly colored visual interpretations of the Bible by Sister Gertrude Morgan; Oscar Hadwiger’s detailed wood models of fantastical architecture; and Carlo Zinelli’s narrative tableaus of stylized figures and animals. Also featured are works by the ceramicist Georgia Blizzard; drawings by Hiroyuki Doi, Solange Knopf, Martín Ramírez, and Dominico Zindato; paintings by Jon Serl and Johnnie Swearingen; and carved wood sculptures by Charlie Willeto.

Distributed for The Menil Collection

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The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection, 9780300218411, 112pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2016

About the Author

Michelle White is curator at The Menil Collection, Houston.