Published by Karma, New York. Text by David Serlin, William Ferris, Thomas J. Lax, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Velma Allen, Jonathan Berger.
James ĎSon Fordí Thomas: The Devil and His Blues accompanies the eponymous show at Studio Museum and New York Universityís 80WSE Gallery, the largest ever devoted to Thomasí work. Thomas (1926-1993)-a self-taught African-American artist and musician who lived in severe poverty for most of his life-created small, often painted clay busts of friends and family and people he met. "When I do my sculpturing work things just roll across my mind. I lay down and dream about the sculpture," he wrote. "That gives you in your head what to do. If you canít hold it in your head, you canít do it in your hand." Nearly 100 of these sculptures are displayed alongside full-bleed installation shots and text contributions by David Serlin, William Ferris, Thomas J. Lax and Kinshasha Holman Conwill, among others.