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Soul in the Stone

Brown, John Gary

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ISBN 10: 0700606343 / ISBN 13: 9780700606344
Published by University Press of Kansas, Kansas, 1994
Condition: NF Hardcover
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First edition bound in gray cloth. About Fine in DJ. Owner's name is s tamped at the edge of the page blocks. Faint remains of owner's bookpl ate on front fly else fine in Fine DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 51619

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Title: Soul in the Stone

Publisher: University Press of Kansas, Kansas

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition.

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John Gary Brown's richly evocative photographs remind us that cemeteries-shadowy markers of death and grief-also shine forth with life and art. By turns starkly sobering, nostalgic, provocative, and quirkily humorous, his photos capture the human spirit preserved in all of its amazing diversity. Celebrating master stone sculptors as well as grassroots and ethnic folk artists, Brown's striking images document the rich traditions of cemetery art as found throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. The art itself manifests a great many idiosyncratic forms and subjects including an Egyptian sphinx, a gigantic baseball, a salesman's suitcase, a rolltop desk, a car-engine shrine, plexiglass-enclosed dolls, life-size limestone statuary, hovering marble angels, elaborate wrought-iron crosses, along with more modest traditional motifs in etched-grantie and concrete. Brown's own artistry and insights illuminate the ways in which these works embody or reflect personal grief, family relationships, religious and ethnic values, social status, occupations, avocations, aesthetics, as well as unrealized hopes and dreams. Both informative and entertaining, his book provides a haunting tribute to this neglected art form.

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Celebrating master stone sculptors as well as grassroots and ethnic folk artists, Brown's images document the rich traditions of cemetery art as found throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. Combining strong visual images with stories and analysis, Brown illuminates the cultural, historic, and aesthetic roles of gravestones in both metropolitan and rural cemeteries. The art itself manifests a great many forms and subjects, including life-size limestone statuary, hovering marble angels, and ornate wrought-iron crosses, in addition to the more modest traditional motifs in etched granite and concrete. Brown also records the idiosyncratic and the bizarre - an Egyptian sphinx, a gigantic baseball, an elaborate locomotive, a converted car engine - and provides insight into the meaning of epitaphs and iconography.

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