folk art


Definition of folk art 

: the traditional typically anonymous art of usually untrained people

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This section traces the growing understanding of folk art’s formal simplicity as implicitly modern. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "A Groundbreaking Show Presents a New, Inclusive Vision of American Art," 15 Feb. 2018 Enjoy this historic district along the San Antonio River, with several shops that sell Mexican folk art, jewelry and other fine artistic wares alongside fine dining at the Little Rhein Steak House and Fig Tree Restaurant. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio malls provide wide variety of shopping experiences," 11 June 2018 More than 80 exhibitors displayed antique furniture, decorative and fine arts, antique and estate jewelry, folk art and antiquarian books from the 17th to 20th centuries throughout the 50,000-square-foot space. Candace Jordan,, "Art and antiques show preview party benefits Northwestern Memorial Hospital," 30 May 2018 Across town at a folk art center in North London, Mr. Ward rehearsed with his orchestra. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "109 Players. 3 Conductors. It’s Even Harder Than It Sounds.," 29 June 2018 Again: Founded in 2005, this furniture consignment shop features pieces from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Habersham, among others, along with art glass, folk art, Oriental rugs, garden accessories, and primitives. Ellen Albanese,, "Where to shop for bargains on Cape Cod," 6 June 2018 This time Gibons leads the music-making, his ensemble featuring the brilliant cimbalom virtuoso Nicolae Feraru, a recipient of America’s highest award for folk arts, the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship. Howard Reich,, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018 And my client is a huge collector of antique American furniture and folk art. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "History Buffs Will Obsess Over This Antiques-Filled Home," 3 Nov. 2017 His collecting extended to jewelry, textiles, Japanese wood block prints, industrial design, American folk art, architectural drawings, fashion, transportation models. Mark Feeney,, "A Greyhound bus, jewels, haute couture — all in a show about a remarkable collector," 13 June 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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