folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional decorative or utilitarian art of the people that is often an expression of community life and is distinguished from academic or self-conscious or cosmopolitan expression Along with exhibits showcasing such folk art as quilts, jewelry and toys, visitors learn about the influence of folk art on contemporary art through tours, programs, symposia and art workshops.— Shawn Sell

Examples of folk art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means two colorful puzzles, reminiscent of community folk art, are now mounted side by side in the Children’s Room at the library. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Berea Library Community Puzzle is twice as nice: Around The Town," 16 Apr. 2021 Museums, galleries, magazines and art schools have happily absorbed cultural production from well beyond their borders, from folk art to popular dances to memes themselves. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Beeple Has Won. Here’s What We’ve Lost.," 12 Mar. 2021 From the patterns and colors of Swedish folk art to the floral patterns of Josef Frank, the subtle colors of the Swedish Grace period to the traditional deep reds and yellows used in architecture. Benedict Browne, Robb Report, "Häftigt Fashion? Sweden’s Understated Menswear Is Slowly Taking Over the World," 22 Mar. 2021 Carnival is many things: A centuries-old pre-Lenten tradition, a mega party, and one of the world’s greatest fine art/folk art exhibitions. Doug Maccash,, "A skeleton uses a dating app to find his 'quaran-queen' in ‘Modern Love’ Mardi Gras house float," 4 Feb. 2021 At Creative Alliance, a multi-generational art collective of Latinas called Artesanas Mexicanas is amplifying folk art and traditions taking root and thriving in Southeast Baltimore. Stephanie García,, "Highlandtown welcomed immigrants for 150 years of Baltimore history. Today, it still does.," 20 Mar. 2021 For him, a direct line can be drawn between Sweden’s folk art traditions and the purity and simplicity of Magniberg’s modern aesthetic. New York Times, "A Swedish Design Duo’s Eclectic 18th-Century Apartment," 18 Mar. 2021 The Shoppe carries everything for the home, from furniture, rugs, textiles, seasonal decor, candles and faux greenery and flowers, to baskets, primitive and folk art artisan pieces. Melanie Savage,, "Head to Woodstock Country Shoppe for unique holiday gifts," 9 Dec. 2020 Dedicated to folk art: Gertrud Parker, artist and founder of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, who escaped the Nazis as a teenager, dies at 96. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Is the Bay Area enforcing virus dining restrictions?," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of folk art

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Folk art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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