Monday, April 27, 2009

The Treasures of Ulysses Davis

The Treasures of Ulysses Davis at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, NY. "...Ulysses Davis (1914 - 1990) was a Savannah, Georgia, barber who created a diverse but unified body of highly refined sculpture that reflects his deep faith, humor, and dignity. His carvings were featured in the seminal 1982 exhibition 'Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980' at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where they were applauded as important examples of African American vernacular art. Because he wanted his work to stay together after he died, Davis rarely sold his sculptures. He said, 'They're my treasure. If I sold these, I'd be really poor.' As a result, the carvings have had little exposure outside Savannah, particularly since his death, and Davis is little known outside folk art circles."


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