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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 23: Folk Art
     

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 23: Folk Art

by Carol Crown (Editor)
 

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Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art,

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Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting. Fifty-two thematic essays examine subjects ranging from colonial portraiture, Moravian material culture, and southern folk pottery to the South's rich quilt-making traditions, memory painting, and African American vernacular art, and 211 topical essays include profiles of major folk and self-taught artists in the region.

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Will fill a unique niche in any academic reference collection, and will be of interest to artists and collectors alike. Recommended for academic libraries, particularly those supporting 'outsider' or other Southern folk art programs.--Tennessee Libraries

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This monographic series updates and expands the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Univ. of North Carolina, 1989). This latest volume provides a comprehensive examination of folk art and its relationship to the American South. The late 20th century saw a flowering of folk art, an aspect of Southern culture that is often less known than others, making this volume an important addition to the series. Although the original work contained only 18 articles on folk art, this new series recognizes it as a distinctive aesthetic concern, drawing historical and cultural connections among topics as diverse as pottery, paintings, prison art, schoolgirl samplers, weathervanes, calligraphy, and roadside art. An opening overview essay establishes a definition of folk art and provides a framework for understanding this category of art outside the mainstream. Fifty-one thematic essays then address materials culture (bottles, quilts, toys), settings (prisons, yards, playgrounds), places (Lowcountry, Caribbean, Texas), and traditions (Latino, Moravian, Jewish). More than 200 biographical entries cover major folk and self-taught artists in the region. VERDICT Although it is sparsely illustrated for a volume on the subject, this work provides a comprehensive presentation of traditional and contemporary folk art in the American South and will help the discipline find a place in American art history. It will be of interest to scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts of Southern art and culture.—Julia A. Watson, Marywood Univ. Lib., Scranton, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871744
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/03/2013
Series:
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
520
Sales rank:
493,317
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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A thorough and authoritative presentation of traditional and contemporary Southern folk art reflecting the significant scholarly developments in the field of the past quarter century.--Charles Russell, author of Groundwaters: A Century of Art by Self-Taught and Outsider Artists

Meet the Author

Carol Crown is First Tennessee Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis and editor of Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South.

Cheryl Rivers, an independent scholar living in Brooklyn, New York, has taught numerous courses at the Folk Art Institute, American Folk Art Museum and is editor of Donald Mitchell: Right Here, Right Now.

Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

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