Frank W. Long. Confessions of a Depression Muralist. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997. Foreword by Sue Bridwell Beckham, Afterword by Harriet W. Fowler. Illustrated, 179 pages. Writting in the first person, Frank Long reminisces about his ten years in Berea, Kentucky, 1932-42, when he was commissioned and hired by the Works Progress Administration and then the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts to paint public murals for American federal buildings. Frequently he confesses his dislike for painting murals, his distaste for being a part ofa "chauvinist American art" as espoused by the section and his anxiety that the contemporary and future art world would know him only as a Kentucky muralist. His anxiety aside, fifty years later Ms. Beckham writes: "Frank Long created more mural panels for more Depression post offices than any other single artist" and during the period was considered Kentucky's foremost artist. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Long had his art education in Art Institute of Chicago. Before leaving Chicago, he had been asked by the architectural firm of Philip Mahre to paint a mural in the home of Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, Wilmette, Illinois. From Chicago he came to Lexington, Kentucky, to assist his father,
Appalachian Review – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 8, 1998
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