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Cellblock Visions. Prison Art In America.

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. "Almost everyone in prison is either making art or buying it," notes Phyllis Kornfeld as she uncovers the alternative artworld flourishing today in American prisons. Her book, Cellblock Visions, not only presents some of the most inventive and gripping examples of outsider art, but also offers an unprecedented account of prison art in particular as a subject worthy of serious consideration. Having worked for many years as an art facilitator in jails and penitentaries, Kornfeld is in a unique position to explain how art emerges in the most restrictive of environments and what gives inmate art its distinctive character. From painting to toilet-paper sculpture, the works of prisoners range from awkward attempts to amazing displays of virtuosity. In this book, Kornfeld presents the artists whose works offer freshness and surprise and tells the moving stories behind them." (from the flap). A handsome copy. Fine in Near Fine DJ. Tight, bright and unmarred. DJ shows minor shelf/edge wear, else bright and clean. White coated cloth boards, black ink lettering, grey endpages. 4to. 86pp. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Notes. Index. Item #6414

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