Thursday, November 19, 2009

David Raccuglia and Shaun Conrad

Purvis Young in Purvis of Overtown
outsider artist Purvis Young

Outsider artist Purvis Young is the subject of Purvis of Overtown (2006), a film that suggests that the silly frenzy of the art gallery marketplace is purely a sideshow to Young's deep relationships within his home community in Miami. The film's contemplative shots of Young riding a bike (top still) are a visual answer to the sad sight of a freeway that slashes through the neighborhood.

Update: This sensitive and informative obituary of Purvis Young is by Bruce Weber.
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