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The treasure of Ulysses Davis : sculpture from a Savannah barbershop

Author: Susan Mitchell Crawley; High Museum of Art.; American Folk Art Museum.
Publisher: Atlanta : High Museum of Art ; Savannah, Ga. : In collaboration with the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation of Savannah ; Jackson, MS : Distributed by University Press of Mississippi, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the early 1950s, Ulysses Davis (1914-1990) opened a barbershop he built behind his home in Savannah, Georgia. A whittler since boyhood, he soon began carving figures from wood in his spare time. He decorated the outside of his barbershop and filled the inside with his reliefs and freestanding carvings. During his lifetime, Davis created more than three hundred works, producing a varied but unified body of wood  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Ulysses Davis; Ulysses Davis
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Mitchell Crawley; High Museum of Art.; American Folk Art Museum.
ISBN: 9781932543278 1932543279
OCLC Number: 233697384
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Dec. 6, 2008-Apr. 5, 2009 and at the American Folk Art Museum, NY, Apr. 21, 2009-Sept. 6, 2009.
Description: 119 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Responsibility: Susan Mitchell Crawley.
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"In the early 1950s, Ulysses Davis (1914-1990) opened a barbershop he built behind his home in Savannah, Georgia. A whittler since boyhood, he soon began carving figures from wood in his spare time. He decorated the outside of his barbershop and filled the inside with his reliefs and freestanding carvings. During his lifetime, Davis created more than three hundred works, producing a varied but unified body of wood sculpture that reflects his faith, humor, and dignity." "Davis's sculptures range in height from six to more than forty inches, and can be divided into several major categories: religious images, patriotism, works influenced by African forms, abstract decorative objects, and portraits of African and American leaders. The latter includes what many regard as Davis's masterwork - a series of forty carved busts of all the U.S. presidents through George H.W. Bush. Because the artist rarely sold his sculptures, his carvings have had limited exposure outside of Georgia. Davis wanted his work to stay together after he died, and most of his sculpture is now held by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation in Savannah." "The Treasure of Ulysses Davis accompanies an exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The definitive introduction to Davis's work, the book features full-color reproductions of 120 sculptures."--Jacket.

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