LIVING COLOR: THE ART OF THE HIGHWAYMEN

Presented by Orlando Museum of Art at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL

Jan 24 2020
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May 10 2020
LIVING COLOR: THE ART OF THE HIGHWAYMEN

OMA brings together 100 paintings by a core group of the Highwaymen

The Highwaymen are a group of African American artists celebrated for their distinctive paintings of Florida’s natural environment. Working in and around the Fort Pierce area beginning in the 1950s, these self-taught artists depicted the state’s scenic coastline and wild backcountry, often in dazzling combinations of color and tone. Brilliant tropical sunsets, windblown palms, towering sunlit clouds, and blooming poinciana trees are among the many subjects that have become iconic images of Florida in part because of the paintings that the Highwaymen created. In the state’s postwar boom years their paintings found an enthusiastic audience among a growing population of new residents and visitors. Unrecognized by the region’s art establishment of galleries and museums, the Highwaymen by necessity catered directly to their patrons, selling their paintings door-to-door along such thoroughfares as Route 1. It was from this practice that the name “Highwaymen” was later coined.

Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen brings together 100 paintings by a core group of the Highwaymen including Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, Willie Daniels, Johnny Daniels, James Gibson, Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Sam Newton, Willie Reagan, and Livingston Roberts. Focusing on work produced from the 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition is an in-depth examination of the group’s initial period of success when their groundbreaking style of fast painting was being developed. Fast painting is a hallmark and essential innovation of the Highwaymen. Facing limitations imposed by the racial prejudice of their time, they had little or no access to formal training or to conventional art markets.  To overcome these obstacles, they produced large numbers of works which could be sold at very affordable prices. Some estimates of the group’s overall production during their heyday exceed 200,000 paintings, with certain artists creating dozens of paintings per day. Their creative response to the racism they confronted resulted in an original artistic practice.

The exhibition is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and curated by Gary Monroe in collaboration with OMA curator Hansen Mulford. Monroe has been recognized as a leading scholar of the Highwaymen since the publication of his book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters (2001) which was instrumental in providing a contemporary understanding of their work. Monroe has also authored books on individual artists including Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, and Harold Newton.

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