From an accomplished practitioner, curator and theorist comes Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice to reset the terms for an ancient activity. D. B. Dowd embraces drawing as a process for everyone, not just artists. This beautifully designed book uses a wonderful range of visual samples to explore an elemental human capacity. The artifacts of drawing (chiefly, illustrations and cartoons) are rescued from outdated hierarchies of taste and engaged on their own theoretical and cultural terms. Published in association with The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and includes forward by Norman Rockwell Museum Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett.
DB Dowd is a writer, illustrator, curator and critic who publishes on the history of illustration and cartooning. Dowd is project leader of Serious Thinking About Popular Pictures for the Society of Fellows at the Rockwell Center. He is Professor of Art & American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and the Faculty Director of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, renamed in his honor in 2016.
He's also a contributing author in national and international journals and publications including "Everyman, Meet Somebody: Characterization and Melodrama in Rockwell's Four Freedoms" for Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms and History of Illustration.
As an artist and writer his fine books and prints are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University.