Title: Sketchbook: A Memoir of the 30s & the ...
Publisher: University of Washington Press, Seattle
Publication Date: 1984
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.
A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket. Cumming was the youngest member of what has been termed the Northwest School of art--a regional movement that included such luminaries as Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Richard Gilkey. In this memoir, he writes of the artist's life in the Northwest in the 1930s, the Federal Art Project, the communist movement and more on the specific artists. Bookseller Inventory # 24728
Synopsis: William Cumming began as a self-taught artist who grew up in Tukwila, a small town outside Seattle. In 1937, at the age of twenty, he met Morris Graves, who was at that time working in Seattle for the Federal Art project of the Works Progress Administration. Through Graves he soon became part of the circle of friends who came to be known as the Northwest School of artists: Mark Tobey, then nearing fifty, the patriarchal leader of the group; Kenneth Callahan and his wife Margaret, a writer and critic who became Cumming's particular mentor; Guy Anderson, Lubin Petric, and others. He has taught for many years at the Art Institute of Seattle and Cornish College of the Arts.
"Bill Cumming is at once an exceptional and successful regional artist and one of the most erudite, perceptive, and entertainingly cantankerous characters in this part of the world. [He] tells what it was like to be an artist in the Great Depression, tells tales out of school about such international luminaries as Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, tells how the Northwest School (of which he was the youngest member) developed, tells about the early success -- and ultimate failure -- of the Communist movement in the Far West, and shows how the political, economic, and cultural events of a half-century affected the life of a region and of its creative minority. Cumming is a natural raconteur, equipped with more literary wit and charm than most professional writers." -- Tom Robbins
"Besides being one of the Northwest's best painters, Bill Cumming has certainly had a knack for being, historically speaking, in the right place at the right time. Beyond being good local history, his Sketchbook is a moving, sometimes chillingly perceptive, and certainly fascinating glimpse into the nature of artists themselves." -- Wesley Wehr
Product Description: The author, a successful regional artist, describes life for artists working during the Depression for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration.
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