Patti Carr Black
Art in Mississippi: 1720-1980
Heritage of Mississippi Series
Volume 1

William F. Winter, fwd.

Mississippi Historical Society


Mississippi Department of Archives and History
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University Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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9 x 12 inches, 320 pages
230 color plates
ISBN 1-57806-084-2 (hardback)

Art in Mississippi, 1700–1980 by Patti Carr Black, copublished by the Mississippi Historical Society, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University Press of Mississippi, is the first volume in the Society’s Heritage of Mississippi series, fifteen books covering the history of Mississippi, to be published individually over the next twenty years.

With this volume Patti Carr Black, former director of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, has produced a much needed work and brings together previous research with a vast amount of new information.

In Art in Mississippi Black focuses on several hundred significant artists and showcases in full color the work of more than two hundred. Nationally acclaimed native Mississippians are here--George Ohr, Walter Anderson, Marie Hull, Theora Hamblett, William Dunlap, Sam Gilliam, William Hollingsorth,Jr., Karl Wolfe, Mildred Nugester Wolfe, John McCrady, Ed McGowin, James Seawright, and many others.

Prominent artists who lived or worked in the state for a significant period of time are included as well--John James Audubon, Louis Comfort Tiffany, George Caleb Bingham, William Aiken Walker, and more.

There are many surprises here, for Black has gathered so much remarkable art that readers will be staggered by the richness of the visual art tradition in Mississippi.

Black explores how art reflects the land and how modes of living and values dictated by Mississippi's changing photography created a variety of art forms. She demonstrates the influence of Mississippi's diverse cultures upon the art and shows how it has responded in many forms--painting, architecture, sculpture, fine crafts--to the changing aesthetics of national art movements. She observes that much art was created to fill immediate needs of the times--depictions of the Civil War, expressions of the intensely devout, and works of social realism that grappled with a changing society.

Those who have long been fascinated by the magnificent literature and music produced by this southern state will encounter yet another treasure trove in Art in Mississippi. Students of Mississippi's phenomenal cultural history will be captivated by this splendid volume.

Patti Black has written and edited many books dealing with Mississippi art, including Agnes Grinstead Anderson’s Approaching the Magic Hour: Memories of Walter Anderson, Made by Hand: Mississippi Folk Art, Documentary Photographs of Mississippi during the 1930s, and Sea, Earth, Sky: The Art of Walter Anderson.

(Adapted from the book jacket and the Mississippi Department of Archives & History description)