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Title :

Fulfilments of desire in the work of a self-taught artist : the intimate existence of Malcolm McKesson

Author :
RHODES, Colin ;
Publication year :
2002
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Explores an artist whose substantial oeuvre was produced outside the usual structures of professional practice and the market. Malcolm McKesson (1909-1999) first became known around 1993 for his drawings, but there is also a significant related body of writing, most of which remains unpublished. He belongs to a category of artists now increasingly receiving serious attention, usually referred to as 'self-taught', or 'outsider'. Though he was only a dozen years younger than Surrealism's first generation, he came to artistic maturity late, in his early fifties. He is interesting partly because he seemingly embodies serendipitously certain Surrealist interests and practices, especially as espoused by Breton in texts like 'The automatic message.' The relationships between image and text, and between intentionality and automatism are analyzed through close readings of McKesson's writings and drawings, with particular attention being paid to the short story, Lost. The discussion is framed in the context of McKesson's transvestism and the complex of appropriations, fantasy and emotional uncertainty which contributed to his extraordinarily focused - and for more than three decades, secret - creative project. ;
Pagination/Size :
14 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5306C01 - 1945- ; Peinture et arts graphiques ; Peinture et dessin ; 530-VI - 1945- ;
French keywords :
Automatisme ; Dessin ; Ecrits d'artiste ; Etats-Unis ; McKesson, Malcolm, 1909-1999 ; Outsider art ; Surréalisme ; Transvestisme ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Artists' writings ; Automatism ; Cross-dressing ; Drawing ; McKesson, Malcolm, 1909-1999 ; Outsider art ; Surrealism ; United States ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 2002, 25, 5, Nov
INIST identifier :
24903804 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;