American Fabulism and Fantasy




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This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Fabulism and Fantasy." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

 

TFAO references:

As of 8/20/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 7 pages referencing the word "fabulism" and 241 pages referencing the word "fantasy."

 

From other websites:

Aberrance and Artifice The Norton Collection an exhibit held June 5 - July 28, 2013 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Accessed December, 2014

Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, an exhibit held November 19, 2010 - May 8, 2011 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

Betwixt-and-Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls is a 2017 exhibit at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art which says: "Henry Darger's Vivian girls and the thousands of others in his make-believe world exist in contradictory states; Darger positions these little "girls" somewhere between male and female, both biologically and socially. The Vivian girls' ambiguous gender speaks broadly, and with rich complexity, to culture's polarizing constructions of child/adult and male/female. Darger plays with these polarities and fabricates an extraordinary 'child' beyond nature-capable of defeating bloodthirsty Glandelinians."  Accessed 5/17

Epic Warriors of the Fantastic: Illustrations by Chris Seaman, an exhibit held August 31 - October 28, 2012 at the Canton Museum of Art. Includes description and artist biography. Accessed June, 2014

Fantastic art from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Land of Magic: Artists Explore Make Believe, an exhibit held July 6 - September 4, 2011 at The BEDFORD gallery · Lesher Center for the Arts. Texts include press release, interview video and images. Accessed May, 2014

Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion, an exhibit held September 24 through December 18, 2011 at

The Marvelous Toys and Fabulous Things Show was an exhibition held at the H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art December 1-17, 2010, and January 5-22, 2011. The exhibition included quilts, sculptures, dolls and dollhouses. Accessed May, 2014

Suspension of Disbelief: The Fantasy Worlds of Stella Snead, Barbara Harmon, Frieda Lawrence, Gisella Loeffler, Ila McAfee and Millicent Rogers, an exhibit held Saturday, July 7 - Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico. Includes essay by Jina Brenneman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. Accessed January, 2015.

Symphony of Life: The Art of Erin Mulligan an exhibit held March 21 - July 20, 2014 at the Canton Museum of Art. CMA says "The exhibition features many signature pieces from Mulligan, such as "Frabbit Apocalypse," "Fire Breathing Rabbit," "Laser Cats" and others, including the immensely popular "Katywite" series about an "impossibly extraordinary cat." Mulligan's work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Ohio for more than seven years, from Cleveland and Akron to Canton and Massillon (including the Little Art Gallery, Massillon Museum, Transitions Gallery, Market Street Art Spot and Cyrus Framing). She has been featured in galleries in San Francisco and New York, and in 2012 she was awarded Best in Show at the Great Lakes Art Fair in Michigan. In 2013, her "Persistence of Uala" piece was published as part of "Modern Grimmoire," an anthology by Indigo Ink Press." Accessed February, 2016.

Wings of Fantasy: Angels in American Art is an online exhibit, including a thematic slide show, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Accessed May, 2014

 

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