Edward A. Kay

Edward A. Kay
Also Known as
Edward Kay
Detroit, Michigan
Sun City, Arizona
born Detroit, MI 1900-died Sun City, AZ 1988
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Artist Biography

Edward Kay began to carve totem poles and other complex figures during Prohibition when he traded a fifth of whiskey for some wood-working tools. Until 1977, when he moved into an apartment, many of his more than 100 totems stood outside his home in Michigan. Political parody was a favorite subject for Kay. To provide background for his political works, Kay frequently produced free standing collages using photographs, clippings, and texts.

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan Made with Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection in the National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C. and London: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990)

Works by This Artist (1 item)

Gerald Ford Totem Pole

carved, painted, and turned wood, painted metal, modeling compound, printed papers, adhesive stickers, wishbone, stamps, tacks, and safety pin

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