Harry Smith
1923 – 1991

Smith was an ethnomusicologist, perhaps best known for The Anthology of American Folk Music, as well as a painter, drug enthusiast, and filmmaker. Smith was also a mystical omnivore, born the son of Theosophists and a follower of Kandinsky, Rudolf Bauer, and Franz Marc in addition to being a devotee of Aleister Crowley’s magical order, AA. In his art as in his beliefs, Smith bridged high and low cultures, spirituality and the everyday. Although he claimed later in his life …

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Early Abstractions (1946-57)