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American Folk Art: A Regional Reference (2 Volumes) by Kristin G. Congdon, Kara Kelley Hallmark

By Kristin G. Congdon, Kara Kelley Hallmark

American people paintings: A nearby Reference bargains a set of attention-grabbing essays at the lifestyles and paintings of three hundred person artists. a few of the women and men profiled in those volumes are renowned, whereas others are very important practitioners who've but to obtain the awareness they benefit. simply because the various artists in either different types have a transparent identification with their land and tradition, the paintings is prepared via countryside and contains an essay on each one zone to aid make connections obvious. there's additionally an introductory essay on U.S. folks paintings as a whole.

Those writing approximately people artwork thus far are likely to view every one artist as both conventional or leading edge. one of many significant contributions of this paintings is that it demonstrates that folks artists extra usually show either qualities; they're grounded of their cultural context and artistic within the means they make paintings their very own. Such insights extend the learn of folks paintings at the same time they readjust readers' figuring out of who people artists are.

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Eliot Wigginton, a teacher in north Georgia, did just that by working with his high school students and producing 12 volumes of work documenting the folk culture of his area. Called the Foxfire Project, it sparked an interest in local folklife in educational settings. 1 2 | An Introduction to American Folk Art People everywhere, for all kinds of reasons, started exploring their regional areas, finding creative people who had figured out how to tell a story, make a piece of furniture, build a house, plant a garden, or make a quilt in some glorious way that gave them their identity, gave their community character, and gave their world meaning.

There were paper dolls and a myriad array of outfits, several kinds of baskets, duck decoys, apple head dolls, and miniature houses reflecting local architectural styles. There were also embroidered memory quilts, paintings of Vermont’s landscape, and whimsical weathervanes. Whittling was plentiful as were other items reflecting the logging culture such as spruce gum boxes. Artworks in this region, as in other places in the country, are sometimes made from recycled materials. Some folk artists are particularly inventive as they find new uses for tossed-out materials.

Green, Archie. Tin Men. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Hoptman, Laura, Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, and Trevor Smith. Unmonumental. New York: Phaidon Press, 2007. Kemp, Kathy. Revelations: Alabama’s Visionary ­Artists. Birmingham, AL: Crane Hill, 1994. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. ” In The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, ­Legacy, by Mary Hufford, Marjorie Hunt, and Steven Zeitlin, 8–11. ­Washington, DC: Smithsonian ­Traveling Exhibition Service and Office of F ­ olklife ­Programs in association with the University of Washington Press, ­Seattle, 1987.

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