The Lanford Wilson collection of self-taught art

1 See Margalit Fox, "Lanford Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright, Dies at 73," New York Times, March 24, 2011, p. A19; Ben Brantley, "Playwright Infusing His Losers With Love," ibid., March 26, 2011, p. C1. The standard monograph on Wilson is Gene A. Barnett, Lanford Wilson (Twayne Publishers, Boston, 1987).  2 On the Metoyers, see Gary B. Mills, The Forgotten People: Cane River's Creoles of Color (Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1977). On Cammie Henry, see Lucy Gutman, "Cammie Henry," 2011, at http://www.knowla.org/entry.php?rec=644 (accessed July 16, 2012).  3 Quoted in Barbara Delatiner, "Lanford Wilson Tries a New Role," New York Times, August 26, 1990, Long Island Weekly Desk, p. 8.  4 Lanford Wilson, "Foreword," in Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, with Lyle Rexer, American Self-Taught: Paintings and Drawings by Outsider Artists (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1993), p. xiii.  5 Delatiner, "Lanford Wilson Tries a New Role," p. 8.  6 Cavin-Morris, Inc. to Lanford Wilson, invoice 07081, February 9, 1989, Lanford Wilson Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum curatorial files. 7 Alan M. Brown, "Interview with Lanford Wilson," The Threepenny Review, no. 8 (Winter 1982), p. 17.  8 Delatiner, "Lanford Wilson Tries a New Role," p. 8  9 Author's conversation with Tanya Berezin, Sag Harbor, New York, November 3, 2011.  10 Delatiner, "Lanford Wilson Tries a New Role," p. 8.  11 Information from Settlement Statements, Christie's, May 9, 1989, November 21, 1989, May 7, 1990, May 8, 1990, November 20, 1990, Lanford Wilson Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum curatorial files,  12 On the economics of playwriting, see Holly Hill, "How Do Playwrights Make a Living?" Theatre Journal, vol. 33, no. 4 (December 1981), pp. 518-522.   13 Lanford Wilson to Carl Hammer, September 15, 1992, Lanford Wilson Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum curatorial files.

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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