folk art

noun

Definition of folk art

: the traditional typically anonymous art of usually untrained people

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Nevertheless, even after retiring, Shan worked tirelessly to promote pingshu among young Chinese, mentoring apprentices and starting a school dedicated to the folk arts. Amy Qin, The Seattle Times, "Shan Tianfang, a superstar of Chinese storytelling, dies at 83," 17 Sep. 2018 Fun entered the adult world, too, in the form of Braniff Airways’ cozy VIP lounge, decorated with international folk art, and Alcoa’s commissions for portable summer houses, game tables and even haute-couture evening gowns. Ann Landi, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Design," 15 Nov. 2018 Beige walls bear colorful photos and illustrations of two smiling young men and of Mexican folk art. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s paranormal power couple live with the haunted and cursed," 22 May 2018 Stephanie SchneidermanTia Stephanie ToursMany of her itineraries focus on traditional handmade crafts, textile design, and folk art. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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First Known Use of folk art

1911, in the meaning defined above

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