folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional typically anonymous art of usually untrained people

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This love for folk art and the nontraditional crafts can be seen in the pieces from his collection that are also on display. Trevor Fraser,, "DeLand museum showcases photographer Gary Monroe’s travels and collections," 28 June 2019 There are also dozens of historical buildings at the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, including a log cabin packed with folk art and artifacts, that will give you a feel for how Norsemen lived a few hundred years ago. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Dance historians are fond of proclaiming that dance, alone among the Western arts, is passed down hand to hand, like folk arts in traditional societies. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 Images of the Virgen de Guadalupe abound in the series, most notably at the home of cast member Lorena Martinez with Virgin Mary folk art in her front yard and a picture of the Virgin Mary at her bedside. René A. Guzman,, "Bravo’s ‘Texicanas’ more puro San Antonio than you think," 4 June 2019 Mingei International Museum, California Located along the Prado museum row in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the offbeat Mingei features historical and contemporary folk art, crafts, and designs from all epochs and every corner of the world. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "How to visit the best park museums in the U.S. and Canada," 13 Mar. 2019 This year’s pendant is inspired by Hellenic folk art and national costumes from the North of Greece, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Easter Egg Charms are the Perfect Last Minute Easter Gift," 18 Apr. 2019 Their palettes range from saturated reds and yellows to mauves and pastels, with some painters using bold, dynamic strokes reminiscent of folk art and others displaying styles associated with Mughal courts. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 Years ago, an appraiser had come to look and figured the collection might be worth $10 a piece as folk art. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "He Couldn’t Refuse a Deathbed Plea. Now He’s Got 10,000 Pieces of Art.," 24 June 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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