Love is Love is Love.
This is the message Paul Cordes Wilm is spreading with his interactive mural at Birmingham Museum of Art. He combines folk and pop art to create his own genre, folk-pop, with bright colors and bold imagery.
One of Alabama’s most significant outsider artists, Mary Frances Whitfield paints stirring depictions of everyday life for 18th and 19th century African-Americans. The Jefferson County Memorial Project, UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, or AEIVA, and the Birmingham Civil Right Institute partnered to bring these pieces to Birmingham. The co-exhibits showcase Whitfield’s powerful paintings of lynchings.
Byron Sonnier is a Louisiana-born self taught artist whose work reflects and explores aesthetics of the southern landscape. As Sonnier says, “There’s always a back way,” to get somewhere, and the backroads have something special to show.
More stories of Alabama arts this month, including expert instrument repairman Bob Tedrow; award-winning writer, choreographer, musician and performance artist Brontez Purnell; and outisder artist Mary Frances Whitfield.