Painting a Hidden Life: The Art of Bill Traylor, by Mechal Sobel. LSU Press, 256 pages, 46 illustrations, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8071-3401-6 Pity the poor dead outsider artist. Odds are good you’ve been reduced to a collection of anecdotes gathered by an early collector or dealer then recycled, with declining fidelity, through biographical capsules, reviews and […]
Fine art and architecture on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago between Irving and Bryn Mawr.
Back in 1978 or so I wrote a college term paper about the increasing level of despair apparent in Frank Capra’s movies, through It’s a Wonderful Life. I revised it a bit for this Web site in 1995 or so, taking into account the film’s rise to holiday classic status in the intervening years. It’s […]
A quest for the authentic is likely to turn up nothing so real as the hunger that inspired it.
Signs and sights from Pulaski Road. This mosaic sign is one of the best. I’ve never seen another one like it.
It’s best not to confuse actual moral authority with lording it over your kids.
A selection of mostly handmade signage from San Diego.
“She keeps that blank face the whole time she’s talking.”
Check out the amazing video clips at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=w2VNdDV6Vzo.
Follies of Europe: Architectural Extravaganzas, by Nic Barlow, Caroline Holmes and Tim Knox. Garden Art Press, 256 pages, 286 color illustrations, 2008. ISBN 1-87067-356-5 In the United States, writing on the environments of self-taught artists tends to place them within the outsider art context or, sometimes, within a specifically American tradition of individual expression. Follies […]