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Capturing The Florida View

Until now, Scott Schlesinger purchased that McLendon picture for about $300, moved by what the oil postcard symbolized. For him, it captured Florida’s most precious native scenes, intrinsically told stories and somehow protected memories. “I was looking for art showing the landscapes before everything changed. I still remember the sugar sand and the scrub, the oak trees and burrowing owls and indigos snakes and red-cockaded woodpeckers, “ he says, almost wistfully. If you are old…

The Highwaymen – An Identity

Fitch, an art collector and museum curator, published articles in art and antiques magazines and in 1995 coined the Highwaymen name, giving the artists an identity, even though some shunned the term for its possible negative connotations. Monroe’s first book, the definitive The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, published in 2001, traced the art from neighborhood oddity to collectible, fueling its renaissance. Almost a decade later, Highwaymen art continues to be celebrated as American folk…

Schlesinger In The Miami Herald

How Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Schlesinger came to be one of the largest collectors of Highwaymen art began with boyhood memories of his father’s Hollywood law office. Sheldon Schlesinger’s 1960s walls had been decorated with cheap but beguiling oils of Florida landscapes by some of the 26 mostly self-taught African-American artists from Fort Pierce who sold art from the trunks of their cars along the state’s coastal roads. Today, these artists are known as the…