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Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster

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118 pagine
22 minuti
Pubblicato:
Jul 29, 2019
ISBN:
9781496824639
Formato:
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O. W. “Pappy” Kitchens (1901–1986) was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and began painting at age sixty-seven. His self-taught, narrative, visual art springs directly from the oral tradition of parable and storytelling with which he grew up. A self-declared folk artist, Kitchens claimed, “I paint about folks, what folks see and what folks do.”

His magnum opus, The Saga of Red Eye the Rooster, was painted between 1973 and 1976 and presents a homespun Pilgrim’s Progress in the form of a beast fable. Kitchens’s most ambitious allegorical work, this fable consists of sixty panels, each one measuring fifteen inches square, composed of mixed materials on paper, and executed in three groups of twenty. Kitchens follows Red Eye from foundling to funeral, exploring the life of this extraordinary bird. Red Eye’s quasi-human behavior inevitably maneuvers him into conflicts with antagonists of all sorts. He encounters violence, avarice, lust, greed, and most of the other seven deadly sins, dispatching them in heroic fashion until he finally succumbs to his own fatal flaw.

In addition to The Saga of Red Eye the Rooster, the volume features personal photos of Kitchens as well as additional works by the artist. Written by distinguished artist and Kitchens’s once son-in-law William Dunlap, with an introduction by renowned curator Jane Livingston, Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster brings much-needed exposure to the life and work of a key Mississippi figure.
Pubblicato:
Jul 29, 2019
ISBN:
9781496824639
Formato:
Libro

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William Dunlap is a distinguished American artist, arts commentator, and writer. His paintings, sculpture, and constructions are included in important public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Dunlap is the author of numerous publications including Short Mean Fiction: Words and Pictures and Dunlap, the latter published by University Press of Mississippi. www.williamdunlap.com

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Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster - William Dunlap

PAPPY KITCHENS

and the

SAGA OF RED EYE

THE ROOSTER

PAPPY KITCHENS

and the

SAGA OF RED EYE

THE ROOSTER

WILLIAM DUNLAP With an introduction by JANE LIVINGSTON

University Press of Mississippi / Jackson

The University Press of Mississippi is the scholarly publishing agency of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi, and University of Southern Mississippi.

www.upress.state.ms.us

The University Press of Mississippi is a member of the Association of University Presses.

Photographs courtesy of William Dunlap unless otherwise noted.

Copyright © 2019 by William Dunlap

All rights reserved

Printed in China

First printing 2019

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Dunlap, William, 1944– author. | Livingston, Jane, author of introduction.

Title: Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster / William Dunlap ; with an introduction by Jane Livingston.

Description: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019] |

Identifiers: LCCN 2018059604 (print) | LCCN 2019000210 (ebook) | ISBN 9781496824639 (epub single) | ISBN 9781496824646 (epub institutional) | ISBN 9781496824653 (pdf single) | ISBN 9781496824660 (pdf institutional) | ISBN 9781496809179 (cloth : alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Kitchens, Pappy, 1901–1986. Saga of Red Eye the Rooster. | Kitchens, Pappy, 1901–1986—Criticism and interpretation. | Outsider art—Mississippi. | LCGFT: Illustrated works.

Classification: LCC N6537.K536 (ebook) | LCC N6537.K536 A73 2019 (print) | DDC 709.762—dc23

LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018059604

British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data available

MAJOR FUNDING FOR PUBLICATION PROVIDED BY

Ruff and Susan Fant

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY

Luther H. Hodges Jr.

Marla and Lowry Lomax, Oxford, Mississippi

Schley Family Foundation

Van Devender Family Foundation

CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction by Jane Livingston

The Saga of Red Eye the Rooster

Panels 1–20

Panels 21–40

Panels 41–60

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Portrait of O. W. Pappy Kitchens.

PREFACE

Oscar William (O. W.) Pappy Kitchens was born in 1901 in Copiah County, Mississippi, and died on October 30, 1986, in Jackson.

He first began to paint in his late sixties and a lifelong

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