The Highwaymen are a beloved and legendary institution in the United States, especially in Florida where their movement originated. As you probably know, they were a band of 25 men and one woman who were mostly self-taught artists, though they didn't have an "outsider style" but rather a romantic-realism form of landscape art. They sold their works door to door or on roadsides because, being black, traditional galleries wouldn't represent them during the Jim Crow years of segregation of the 1950s.
I consider Highwaymen art more a historical than aesthetic movement, so an exhibition of it at the Tampa Bay History Center is appropriate. It features all 26 of the artists who became famous after they were "discovered" by the art world.
"Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen" is at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, through Aug. 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors, students with ID and youths 13 to 17, $7.95 kids 4 to 12 and free under 4. tampabayhistorycenter.org or (813) 228-0097.
Contact Lennie Bennett at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.