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William Edmonson, Jack Johnson, 1934–1941.
Bill Traylor,
William Edmondson,
and the Modernist Impulse
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
April 20 – June 26, 2005
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Although draftsman Bill Traylor and sculptor William Edmondson are often defined as folk or outsider artists, their work was originally viewed in the broader context of modernism. Traylor (1854–1949) was born a slave in rural Alabama, and Edmondson (1874–1951) was bornnear Nashville, Tenn. Both began to create art in the
1930s after working for decades as physical
William Edmonson, Critter, 1940.

laborers. This exhibition reinstates Traylor and Edmondson in the mainstream tradition of modern art. It includes more than fifty drawings and paintings by Traylor
andtwenty-five sculptures by Edmondson.

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