How The Rise Of The Middle Class Shaped American Folk Art

March 28, 2015 12:12 AM

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How The Rise Of The Middle Class Shaped American Folk Art

The dictionary defines folk art as work "produced typically in cultural isolation by untrained often anonymous artists or by artisans of varying degrees of skill and marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms in simple arrangements, and immediacy of meaning."

While this definition conjures exoticized images of far off lands and age-old traditions, it fails to encompass the entire scope of global folk art -- for example, the crop born and bred in the United States. An exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts entitled "American Folk Art, Lov...

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