American Folk Gerald W.R. Ward

ISBN: 9780878465958

Published: May 2nd 2001

Hardcover

144 pages


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American Folk  by  Gerald W.R. Ward

American Folk by Gerald W.R. Ward
May 2nd 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 144 pages | ISBN: 9780878465958 | 6.23 Mb

Folk art has been part of the American idiom for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today it remains one of the best-loved and most fervently collected forms of American art, a diverse and authentic vernacular expression. American FolkMoreFolk art has been part of the American idiom for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today it remains one of the best-loved and most fervently collected forms of American art, a diverse and authentic vernacular expression.

American Folk presents over 60 remarkable objects from one of the countrys most prominent collections of folk art, many of them never before published. Included are paintings, carvings, textiles, prints, frakturs, furniture, and utilitarian objects, dating from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

They include such masterpieces as Erastus Salisbury Fields lush The Garden of Eden, E.L. Georges surrealistic Child in a Rocking Chair, a complex, monumental quilt by the former slave Harriet Powers, and Wilhelm Schimmels extraordinary carved animals--as well as a remarkable assortment of whirligigs, windmills, decorated chests, figurines, and even carousel animals.

The introductory essay by curator Gerald W.R. Ward discusses the elusive notion of folk art itself and presents the history of its acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the MFA, American Folk is a vibrant and engaging introduction to one of our proudest cultural traditions.



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