Read Stephen Stuempfle’s full review in the Journal of Folklore Research of our new book Daniel Johnston: A Portrait of the Artist as a Potter in North Carolina.
“Throughout this book, Glassie provides a vivid, on-the-ground sense of Johnston’s evolving work, from journeyman pottery to installation art. His close observations, high-quality photographs, and liberal quotations from interviews offer a rich document of the potter’s aesthetic and technical decisions in the context of the Seagrove vernacular tradition and other artistic realms. Glassie concludes his study with further reflections on friendship, fieldwork, and artistic biography. This excellent book will appeal to a range of scholars and general readers with an interest in folklore, material culture, art history, and the American South.”
Reviewed by Stephen Stuempfle, Indiana University
[Review length: 1165 words • Review posted on May 7, 2020]