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DelMonico Books/High Museum of Art

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Clth, 9.75 x 11 in. / 276 pgs / 283 color / 11 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2022 p. 6   

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ISBN 9781636810287 TRADE
List Price: $49.95 CDN $64.95 GBP £39.99

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TERRITORY
WORLD

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art, 09/03/21–01/09/22

Springfield, OH
Springfield Museum of Art, 03/19/22–07/01/22

Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Museum, 09/02/22–01/01/23

Chattanooga, TN
Hunter Museum of American Art, 01/27/23–05/01/23

Montgomery, AL
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 04/26/24–07/21/24

THE SPRING 2024 ARTBOOK | D.A.P. CATALOG

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Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

By Katherine Jentleson. Foreword by Rand Suffolk. Text by Katherine Jentleson, Ruchi Mital, Destinee Filmore. Poem by Vanessa German.

Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

An unprecedented look at Nellie Mae Rowe’s art as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the post-civil rights-era South

A New York Times critics' pick | Best Art Books 2021

During the last 15 years of her life, Nellie Mae Rowe lived on Paces Ferry Road, a major thoroughfare in Vinings, Georgia, and welcomed visitors to her “Playhouse,” which she decorated with found-object installations, handmade dolls, chewing-gum sculptures and hundreds of drawings. Rowe created her first works as a child in rural Fayetteville, Georgia, but only found the time and space to reclaim her artistic practice in the late 1960s, following the deaths of her second husband and her longtime employer.

This book offers an unprecedented view of how Rowe cultivated her drawing practice late in life, starting with colorful and at times simple sketches on found materials and moving toward her most celebrated, highly complex compositions on paper. Through photographs and reconstructions of her Playhouse created for an experimental documentary on her life, this publication is also the first to juxtapose her drawings with her art environment.

Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–82) grew up in rural Fayetteville, Georgia. When her Playhouse became an Atlanta attraction, she began to exhibit her art outside of her home, beginning with Missing Pieces: Georgia Folk Art, 1770–1976, a traveling exhibition that brought attention to several Southern self-taught artists, including Rowe and Howard Finster. In 1982, the year she died, Rowe’s work received a new level of acclaim, as she was honored in a solo exhibition at Spelman College and included as one of three women artists in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s landmark exhibition .


Featured image is "Nellie Mae Rowe, Real Girl, 1980. Color photograph, crayon, pen and pencil on cardboard, 14 x 11"."

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artforum

Erin Jane Nelson

Demonstrates just how “radical” Rowe’s art was in its scope and vision.

CAA (College Art Association)

Judith McWillie

One of the deepest and most accomplished expositions of a self-taught artist’s life and work ever assembled.

New York Times: Arts

Roberta Smith

Rowe was not your customary outsider artist, an isolated genius who often became known for one style or motif reproduced with consummate control. “Really Free” is the operative phrase here. She was gregarious and restless, prone to exploration of both subjects and materials.

Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

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