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Tin Man: The Art of Charlie Lucas

March 06 through June 20, 2010

Alabama-native Charlie Lucas’ scrap steel sculptures and vibrant paintings simultaneously combine the aesthetics of Modernist abstraction with the whimsy of folk art. While he has exhibited his work since 1984, most recently, it has been featured in the 2009 book published by the University of Alabama Press entitled Tin Man: The Sculpture of Charlie Lucas. This installation will showcase Lucas’ large-scale metal sculptures, borrowed from his Prattville, Alabama, sculpture environment, as well as smaller relief sculptures and paintings.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


Tin Man / Charlie Lucas

Publication Date: August 23, 2009
182 pages
$49.95 plus tax
With more than 200 vivid color photographs—of the artist at work, his studio environments, and his finished creations—Tin Man presents Charlie Lucas through his own words and stories. It examines his troubled and impoverished childhood, his self-awakening to the depths of his own artistic vision, his perseverance through years of derision and misapprehension, and the salvation that has come through international acclaim and recognition, love of family, and his role as a teacher of children. This hardcover book has a foreword by Robert Farris Thompson, an introduction by Georgine Clarke, Visual Arts Program Manager from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and excerpts from interviews with Charlie Lucas by Ben Windham.





Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts