The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black's Concrete Dreams (Hardback)Gary Monroe (author)
Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 30/04/2009
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By now, the story of Florida's Highwaymen - self-trained African American painters whose visions of the state were sold to travelers out of the trunks of their cars - is fairly well known. Emerging in the late 1950s and led by painters such as Alfred Hair and Harold Newton, the Highwaymen produced an astonishing number of landscapes that depict a faraway place of windswept palms, billowing clouds, placid wetlands, and lush sunsets. As demand soared, Al Black (b. 1946) emerged as a salesman par excellence. Often earning thirty-five per cent commission, he learned to paint partly from repairing damaged works that had been loaded into his car while still wet. Inevitably, the boom times went bust, Black struggled with drugs, and eventually went to prison. While in the Central Florida Reception Center, 'Inmate Black' was recognized as painter 'Al Black' after the warden read a story by St. Petersburg Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg about the Highwaymen. Soon, with the warden's encouragement and permission, Black was painting murals throughout the prison, classic Highwaymen landscapes in unexpected venues. When he left CFRC in 2006, Black had created more than 100 murals for the Department of Corrections. ""The Highwaymen Murals"" is the only record of these images and a must-have for any connoisseur of their work. This is the latest volume in Gary Monroe's ""Highwaymen"" trilogy.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 203 x 254 x 20 mm
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