Sunday, March 30, 2008

Three books on the life and work of Clyde Connell

The Charlotte Moser biography, Clyde Connell: The Art and Life of a Louisiana Woman (paperback) is a bargain at and a terrific and essential book.

Another of the great books on Clyde is the exhibition catalog called Clyde Connell, Daughter of the Bayou, edited by Meadows Museum director Diane DuFilho. It is rich in photos and enticing in design. Daughter of the Bayou features an article by Lucy Lippard called "At Home in Art," an interview by Michael Sartisky called "Abstracting the Essence," and an extensive "A Catalog of Works." There are 68 pages.

Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, may have copies and / or may have references to people who trade in the copies of the paperback catalog, published in 2000.

Different Drummers is a Smithsonian softcover exhibition catalog available in the used art book market. In it Clyde is featured alongside 8 other outstanding American artists.

Different Drummers: large quarto, 11" high X 8 1/2" wide, 155 pages. 77 illustrations of the works in the Hirschorn show, in both color and black & white. Short intro and catalog entries by Frank Gettings, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Hirschorn Museum. Thumbnail biographical sketches. Exhibition history and bibliography for each of the 9 artists featured. Softcover Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.: 1988.

The illustration above is a collection of paintings honoring Clyde by Talbot Hopkins Trudeau.

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