The Art of John Scott
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Artist John Scott was born in New Orleans and raised in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward. He taught at Xavier University for more than 40 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a highly prestigious honor that came at the height of his career.
Scott was known for creating vibrant kinetic sculptures that explored themes such as the diddly-bow string instrument from West African culture, or the rhythms and movements inspired by early 19th-century slave dances in New Orleans’s famed Congo Square. His large woodcuts drew heavily upon life in the city, especially its rich African-Caribbean culture and musical heritage.
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