High Museum to feature folk artist Bill Traylor

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ATLANTA (AP).- A new exhibition set to open at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art showcases the work of Bill Traylor, who was born into slavery in Alabama and became a highly respected self-taught artist after he began drawing while sitting on the sidewalks of Montgomery as an old man. The exhibition, which opens Sunday, features 65 of Traylor’s drawings pulled from the collections of the High and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama. The images were made in pencil, poster paint, charcoal and crayon, mostly on discarded pieces of cardboard. They feature animals and people, sometimes alone and other times in complex interactions in both rural and urban settings. “There’s nothing harder to do than simple,” said High curator of folk art Susan Crawley. “His drawings are so eloquent and so evocative, and he used such simple materials.” Traylor was born into slavery on a plantation near Benton, Ala., in the mid-