As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

by: Michelle White

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As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither by Michelle White / ISBN 9780300218411 / Discounted copies but like new / 112-page hardcover, 10 x 12 inches, published by Menil/Yale

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This stunning book examines the collection of works by self-taught artists assembled by Stephanie and John Smither over the last thirty-odd years. A team of prominent curators, writers, critics, and art historians focuses on key works by twelve artists, including the boisterous assemblages of Thornton Dial; brightly colored visual interpretations of the Bible by Sister Gertrude Morgan; Oscar Hadwiger’s detailed wood models of fantastical architecture; and Carlo Zinelli’s narrative tableaus of stylized figures and animals. Also featured are works by the ceramicist Georgia Blizzard; drawings by Hiroyuki Doi, Solange Knopf, Martín Ramírez, and Dominico Zindato; paintings by Jon Serl and Johnnie Swearingen; and carved wood sculptures by Charlie Willeto.

Michelle White is curator at The Menil Collection, Houston.