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Fish on Spools

Folk and Self-Taught Art

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Fish on Spools

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Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982




Wood, plastic, and acrylic

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7 1/2 x 25 x 1 1/2 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 409


Fish on Spools was among the twenty-five works by Nellie Mae Rowe the Corcoran Gallery of Art included in its 1982 exhibition Black Folk Art in America: 1930–1980. Rowe was one of only three women represented in this exhibition, which was the first to survey the extraordinary contributions of African American self-taught artists, especially those living in the South. Rowe lived just long enough to know about the sensation that Black Folk Art caused as it traveled to six major American cities.


Purchase with funds from the Georgia Designer Craftsmen