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Outsider Art: Bill Traylor and the ‘Art Brut’ Imagination

The hammer spoke. On January 17th, 2020 – 35 years after the death of Jean Dubuffet, a work by Bill Traylor, born into slavery in 1853 – was sold for $507,000. The auction record for the artist was set for Man on White, Woman on Red/Man with Black Dog (above) by the African-American artist Bill Traylor, a two-sided piece that Steven Spielberg gifted to Alice Waters in 1985 after the shooting of The Colour Purple...

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