Untitled (Fish on Spools)
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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982
Wood, plastic, and acrylic paint
7 1/2 x 25 x 1 1/2 inches
Purchase with funds from the Georgia Designer Craftsmen
(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Untitled (Fish on Spools) and Untitled (Feeding the Two-Headed Rooster) were among the twenty-five works by Nellie Mae Rowe the Corcoran Gallery of Art included in its 1982 exhibition Black Folk Art in America, 1930–1980. Rowe was one of only three women represented in this exhibition, which was the first to survey the extraordinary contributions of African American self-taught artists, especially those living in the South. Rowe lived just long enough to know about the sensation that Black Folk Art caused as it traveled to six major American cities.