Wednesday, August 13, 2014

'Purvis of Overtown' Documentary

The art of Purvis Young is equal parts 
calligraphy, music, and graffiti. . . .
~ Purvis Young Profile at Souls Grown Deep*

I learned recently that the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has acquired late artist Purvis Young's The Struggle (1973-1974), which is on view in the East Wing of the museum.

Like his other work, The Struggle, too, is painted on scavenged wood, which Young would gather from around the Overtown neighborhood in Miami, Florida, where he lived. It's a marvelous example of a cityscape that, as SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art Leslie Umberger writes, "is iconic of Young's themes of challenges and persistence."

Highly prolific, Young (1943-2010), who was born and died in Miami, is the subject of the documentary Purvis of Overtown (Souls Grown Deep Foundation), below, which is well worth the time to view. 

PURVIS OF OVERTOWN from Souls Grown Deep Foundation on Vimeo.

Purvis Young Website

Purvis Young Murals

Purvis Young Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Purvis Young Collection at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Bruce Weber, "Purvis Young, Folk Artist Who Peppered Miami With Images, Dies at 67", The New York Times, April 24, 2010

Purvis Young at Outsider Folk Art Gallery

Souls Grown Deep on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

* Written by William Arnett (Do read the entire profile of this fascinating and important artist.)

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