A self-taught and frequently performing musician who invented a harmonica tablature notation system, Benton was also a collector, cataloguer, transcriber, and distributor of popular music. In Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound, Leo Mazow shows that the artist’s musical imagery was part of a larger belief in the capacity of sound to register and convey meaning. In Benton’s pictorial universe, it is through sound that stories are told, opinions are voiced, experiences are preserved, and history is recorded.
About the Author
Leo G. Mazow is Associate Professor of American Art History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Published by Penn State University Press, hardback, 2012. 216 pages. 77 illustrations.