American Folk Art: A Regional Reference [2 volumes]

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ABC-CLIO, Mar 19, 2012 - Architecture - 728 pages
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American Folk Art: A Regional Reference offers a collection of fascinating essays on the life and work of 300 individual artists. Some of the men and women profiled in these two volumes are well known, while others are important practitioners who have yet to receive the notice they merit. Because many of the artists in both categories have a clear identity with their land and culture, the work is organized by geographical region and includes an essay on each region to help make connections visible. There is also an introductory essay on U.S. folk art as a whole.

Those writing about folk art to date tend to view each artist as either traditional or innovative. One of the major contributions of this work is that it demonstrates that folk artists more often exhibit both traits; they are grounded in their cultural context and creative in the way they make work their own. Such insights expand the study of folk art even as they readjust readers' understanding of who folk artists are.

  

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Famous or obscure, the 300 artists recognized in these volumes attest to the creative imagination of the 20th-century folk movement. A short introduction, with a useful bibliography, helps set the ... Read full review

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Contents

American Folk Art
i
Volume Two
iii
Glossary
681
Selected References on Folk Art
691
About the Authors
699
Index
701
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About the author (2012)

KRISTIN G. CONGDON is a Professor of Art and Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. She has published extensively on the study of folk arts, community arts, and contemporary art issues. She is co-editor of several books. She is the 1998 and 1999 recipient of the Manual Barken Memorial Award for scholarship from the National Art Education and the 1998 Ziegfeld Award from the United States Society for Education Through Art for international work in the arts.

KARA KELLEY HALLMARK edited and wrote several essays for the University of Central Florida's graduate student House of Blues folk art project. She is a doctoral student in Art Education at Flordia State University.

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