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Tampa Museum of Art Showcases Folk Art

Flag Gate Artist unidentified Jefferson County, New York c. 1876 Paint on wood with iron and brass 39 1/2 x 57 x 3 3/4" Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. in honor of Neal A. Prince, 1962.1.1 Photo by John Parnell, New York

Featuring more than 100 works by diverse artists, the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, presents an original premise that considers the changing implications of self-taught artists in the United States, from a deeply entrenched and widespread culture of self-education in the early national period, to its usage today, to describe artists working outside the art historical canon and often in isolated circumstances. “In the fall of 2016, the Tampa Museum of Art continues to interest audiences of all generations and predispositions to art, by introducing the community to unique opportunities to view masterworks rarely seen in Florida’s Central Gulf Coast region,” says Michael Tomor, Tampa Museum of Art’s Executive Director. Self-Taught Genius: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum closes its national tour in Tampa, with an extraordinary opportunity to see three centuries of art from the most important Folk Art collections in the United States. The exhibition and the national tour are made possible by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, as part of its 75th anniversary initiative. Locally, the exhibition is presented by Bank of America.

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(double-sided) Rocking Mary/Mr. Fool Sam Doyle (1906–1985) St. Helena Island, Georgia, c. 1983 Enamel house paint on corrugated roofing tin 52 x 26 x 1/2" Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York Gift of Elizabeth Ross Johnson, 1985.35.23b, a Photo by John Parnell, New York

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum Tampa Museum of Art October 1, 2016, through January 8, 2017

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