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The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters Hardcover – November 20, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (November 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813022819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813022819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Monroe's book is a valuable document of Florida's rich cultural past, showing how black artists contributed to the dreamy visions of Florida."

About the Author

Gary Monroe, professor of visual art at Daytona Beach Community College, is a documentary photographer with a long-time interest in "outsider" and vernacular art. His work has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, and he has been a lecturer for the Florida Humanities Council. His photographs have been published in Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community (UPF, 2000), which he coedited; Life in South Beach (1989); and Florida Dreams (1993).

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A followup: This book launched an explosion of interest in The Highwaymen.
AfroAmericanHeritage
Well written and beautifully photographed story of the Florida Highwaymen and their artistic journey across Central Florida during difficult cultural times in the USA.
chokbarnes
The story is well presented with wonderful details that make their artistic journey come alive.
Diane G. Ward

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In 1994, art aficionado Jim Fitch assigned the name "Highwaymen" to a loose association of young, mostly untrained black artists (including one woman) from the Fort Pierce area who created thousands of Florida landscapes and marketed them from the backs of their cars for about $25 in the 1960's and `70's. Theirs was an unabashedly commercial venture, and the artists collaborated to create and sell works as quickly and cheaply as possible. Dismissed as "motel art" at the time, these intense, lush and at times otherworldly depictions of an idealized Florida have become a subject of renewed interest and critical attention in recent years. Consequently, many myths and vague tales have grown up around the group.

As part of his research, author Gary Monroe interviewed many of the remaining artists to bring the story to life, presented here in a 26-page annotated essay. In analyzing the art, he insists that the speed with which they worked was far from a detriment: "By unintentionally bastardizing the canonical pictorial strategies...they created a new form of fantasy landscape painting." The artists found their strength as colorists, and the emotional hues capture the essence of Florida (or at least, as we imagine it.)

As a northerner who visited Florida twice as a child in the pre-Disney days, I must confess that the 63 glorious full-color reproductions here gave me goose bumps of fond memory, real or imagined.

A followup: This book launched an explosion of interest in The Highwaymen. Surviving members no longer need hawk their wares, since collectors now come to them and new works sell for as much as $18,000. The were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emily Griswell on June 1, 2003
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An all-inclusive journey through the lives and souls of African American painters from days gone by. These creative souls painted breathtaking beach landscapes... Many of their works still survive today, and sell for [a small fortune]. (I know, I have one in my living room.) A great buy! Just be warned; one look through it's pages will draw you toward Florida's shores lke a child to the smell of cotton candy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diane G. Ward on September 14, 2005
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This book highlites a special group of amateur black artists who lived in Florida in the 1950's. The story is well presented with wonderful details that make their artistic journey come alive. The paintings are wonderful. The only drawback to this book, as I see it, is that the vivid hues of the paintings did not come through in this book. I happened to read a magazine article, full of rich colorful pictures of some of the paintings, which sparked my interest, and led to my purchasing this book. Unfortunately, it seems that this printing process could not represent the original brilliance of the paintings. This is a fascinating peek at a little know bit of Florida art history.
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By John F. Reuter on July 15, 2014
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Mostly photos rather than narrative substance which I was hoping for.
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By Pamela Clayton on March 30, 2014
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I am very pleased. I grew up in Central Florida but was recently aware of The Highwaymen. I purchased a book for my home and one for another family member.
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By Carol Mantel on March 21, 2014
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this was a gift due to the fact that I saw it at a friends house and thought it was interesting.
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By L. Page on January 18, 2014
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This is the history of African-American self-taught artists who drove the highways of Florida stopping to paint the landscape as they
saw it before the age of super development. Many of them have pass but a few relatives remain and are trying to preserve this type of art. Currently, access to undeveloped land is one of their challenges. The original Highway Men painted and sold their work along
the highways. They have captured "The old Florida" that many of us miss.
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