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Art ID1174
Classification Painting - Other - Acrylic on Paper  
Artist William Dawson  
Title of Work Untitled 
Print Issue  
Date Made 1989  
Medium  
Dimensions: (in inches) Height: 8     Width: 14     
Description

Coiled snake 

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Dawson, William (b. 1901 d. 1990)
Oral history interviews with William Dawson, 1990 Apr. 11 - Apr. 23
Painter, Sculptor
Chicago, Ill.

An interview of William Dawson conducted by Betty Blum for the Archives of American Art.

Dawson speaks of his childhood in Alabama; coming to Chicago in 1923; working as a porter and janitor; the beginnings of his art career after retiring in 1965; making carvings from found objects; the process of discovering and creating forms; his first exhibition at the Lincoln Park Public Library; his first sales to collectors, including Phyllis Kind and Roger Brown; gaining exposure through collectors and eventually getting discovered; the beginning of his work in painting; his exhibition at the Corcoran in 1982; work methods; and inspirations and ideas.

 

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