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Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)
Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)
Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)
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Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)

Construction with Exciting Event, 1939-1942

Details
Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949)
Construction with Exciting Event, 1939-1942
tempera and graphite on reverse of repurposed card poster
11 ¾ x 11 ¾ in.
Provenance
Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York
Literature
Josef Helfenstein and Roxanne Stanulis, eds., Bill Traylor, William Edmondson, and the Modernist Impulse (Krannert Art Museum and the Menil Collection in association with the University of Washington Press, 2004), cat. 37.
Leslie Umberger, Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Princeton University Press, 2018), p. 337.
Exhibited
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Krannert Art Museum; Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art; New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Houston, The Menil Collection, Bill Traylor, William Edmondson, and the Modernist Impulse, 22 October 2004 - 2 January 2005 (Urbana-Champaign), 1 February - 3 April 2005 (Birmingham), 20 April - 26 June 2005 (New York), 22 July - 2 October 2005 (Houston).

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Lot Essay

One of Bill Traylor's "exciting events," this work includes multiple figures and animals interacting on and around an abstracted structural element. Traylor was inspired by the architecture of Montgomery, and research by Fred Baron and Jeffrey Wolf suggests that some of the artist's delineated constructions drew from the 1885 Court Square Fountain by Frederick MacMonnies, visible from the doorstep where Traylor worked. The construction in this composition, with its semi-circular center and blue spout, indeed seems to reference the Court Square landmark.
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