Encyclopedia of American Folk Art

Encyclopedia of American Folk Art

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Baker & Taylor
"Written by 92 specialists in association with the American Folk Art Museum, the 600 cross-referenced and indexed articles, with bibliographies, included in this selection are the first comprehensive treatment of this influential art form. It includes information on bottle-cap art, canes, carousel art, scrimshaw, quilts, beadwork, and many other genres, as well as information on several visionary artists who still practice their crafts. This work has special appeal for folklorists."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

& Francis Publishing

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art web site.

This is the first comprehensive, scholarly study of a most fascinating aspect of American history and culture. Generously illustrated with both black and white and full-color photos, this A-Z encyclopedia covers every aspect of American folk art, encompassing not only painting, but also sculpture, basketry, ceramics, quilts, furniture, toys, beadwork, and more, including both famous and lesser-known genres.
Containing more than 600 articles, this unique reference considers individual artists, schools, artistic, ethnic, and religious traditions, and heroes who have inspired folk art. An incomparable resource for general readers, students, and specialists, it will become essential for anyone researching American art, culture, and social history.

Book News
The aim of this reference is to present a representative but detailed sample of American folk art spanning three centuries. Editor Wertkin has been director of the American folk Art Museum in New York City since 1991, and for this reference has marshalled the efforts of a long list of contributors among them museum curators, art historians, folk art scholars, and collectors with various special interests. Entries cover three broad areas: people, institutions, and subjects of topical interest. They are organized alphabetically and are extensively cross-referenced; each includes a bibliography. The text is sprinkled with b&w illustrations, and four generous sections of excellent color plates represent a varied selection of folk arts ranging from mid-17th century gravestone carvings to contemporary paintings. Distribution is by Taylor & Francis. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2004
ISBN: 9780415929868
Branch Call Number: R 745.0973 EN
Characteristics: xxxiii, 612, 64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm

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