Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley


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Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley showcases the art of Holley (b. 1950), acclaimed by The New York Times as “the Insider’s Outsider.” He is best known for his assemblage sculptures incorporating natural and man-made materials, often cast off or discarded; he has recently also begun to make music, through the Dust-to-Digital label.

Legendary for his environmental assemblage that spread over two acres of his property in Birmingham, Alabama―now destroyed―Holley scavenges and repurposes found objects in the service of a personal philosophy of renewal and rejuvenation. This is the first monograph on Holley’s work in more than a decade. Illustrated with reproductions of more than 70 of Holley’s sculptures, it provides a comprehensive overview of Holley’s art, life and philosophy, with essays by Mark Sloan, Leslie Umberger, Bernard L. Herman and an “as-told-to” autobiography recorded by noted oral historian Theodore Rosengarten.

- Hardcover
- 215 pages, 9.8 × 11.2 × 1 inches
- Over 70 illustrations
- 2016
SKU: 37262

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