Exhibition Catalogue: Elijah Pierce's America

Elijah Pierce’s America presents the rarely seen works of virtuoso woodcarver Elijah Pierce (1892–1984). Accompanying a landmark exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, this lavish publication celebrates Pierce's rich and varied body of work. As the first substantial book on Elijah Pierce to be published in more than twenty-five years, this catalogue marks a new phase of the artist’s critical reception.

Elijah Pierce's America features approximately 100 rarely seen works created between 1923 and 1979, including painted bas-reliefs and freestanding carvings. Using wood, corrugated cardboard, crepe paper, house paint, aluminum foil, glitter, and rhinestones, Pierce created extraordinary objects that expressed his faith, values, and perspective on the world. His art reflects the complexities of life in twentieth-century America.

Co-published by the Barnes Foundation and Paul Holberton Publishing, this beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue features essays by co-curators Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley, as well as contributions from Dr. Sampada Aranke of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, artist Theaster Gates, and Michael D. Hall, Adjunct Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. 

Hardcover, 207 pages. Cover measures 11.25 x 9.75 inches.

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