William Edmondson


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Edited by James Claiborne and Nancy Ireson; With contributions by Brendan Fernandes, Leslie King Hammond, and Christina Knight

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A reassessment of self-taught artist William Edmondson, exploring the enduring relevance of his work

This richly illustrated volume reintroduces readers to American sculptor William Edmondson (1874–1951) more than 80 years after his historic solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Edmondson began carving at the onset of the Depression in Tennessee. Initially creating tombstones for his community, over time he expanded his practice to include biblical subjects, the natural world, and recognizable figures including nurses and preachers. This book features new essays that explore Edmondson’s life in the South and his reception on the East Coast in the 1930s. Reading the artist through lenses of African American experience, the authors draw parallels between then and now, highlighting the complex relationship between Black cultural production and the American museum. Countering existing narratives that have viewed Edmondson as a passive actor in an unfolding drama—a self-taught sculptor “discovered” by White patrons and institutions—this book considers how the artist’s identity and position within history influenced his life and work.

Distributed for the Barnes Foundation

Exhibition Schedule:

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
(June 25–September 10, 2023)

James Claiborne is curator of public programs and Nancy Ireson is deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, both at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.


The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
(June 25–September 10, 2023)

ISBN: 9780300269840
Publication Date: July 11, 2023
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Barnes Foundation
160 pages, 9 1/4 x 11 1/2
100 color illus.
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