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American Folk Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed
2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023

January 24th, 2013 - May 26th, 2013
January 24th, 2013 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
The Artist as a Young Man: Self Portrait, William Matthew PriorWilliam Matthew Prior,
The Artist as a Young Man: Self Portrait
© Courtesy of American Folk Art Museum
upper west side
212. 595. 9533
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30; Fri 11-7:30

Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, this exhibition includes more than 40 oil paintings spanning William Matthew Prior’s career from 1824 to 1856. Through his pragmatic marketing strategy, Prior was able to document the faces of middle-class Americans throughout his lifetime, making art accessible to a previously overlooked group.

A versatile artist, Prior is well known not only for the skill and range of his technique but for the diversity of his sitters. Prior’s involvement with Millerism (early Adventism) was instrumental in his personal development as well as providing access to new clients, including many African Americans.

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