Book Club: The Last Folk Hero

November 13, 2014, 6 pm

The Last Folk Hero leaves readers to make their own assessment of whether this self-made art expert is a visionary champion of a new artistic frontier or simply a wealthy hoarder who thinks everyone's against him.

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Book Club: The Last Folk Hero

November 13, 2014, 6 pm

A self-made art expert who traveled the world and amassed a collection for himself, Bill Arnett developed an interest in rural African-American folk art made by self-taught men such as Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, both from Alabama. In the late 1980s, Arnett offered these artists what they believed were staggering amounts of money for their work. By the early 1990s, people began to wonder whether Arnett's deals weren't just another example of a rich, white art dealer taking advantage of poor, uneducated black artists. Arnett's deal with Dial drew, and continues to draw, particularly strong fire since Dial is illiterate, Arnett owns Dial's house and maintains complete control over the artist's dealings with the public. Dietz chronicles a number of episodes surrounding Arnett and his folk artists, including various museum shows and accompanying disagreements, leaving readers to make their own assessment of whether Arnett is a visionary champion of a new artistic frontier or simply a wealthy hoarder who thinks everyone's against him.

Registration required by calling 330.376.9186 x221 or x230.

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