The Spirit of Folk Art

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Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art houses more than 100,000 folk artifacts gathered by architect Alexander Girard during 50 years of global collecting, a passion he pursued well before folk art became widely collected. Indiana University professors of folklore Glassie and Monteaux ( Behind the Mask in Mexico ) here unveil what they consider to be the best of Girard's trove and trace its roots to far-flung artisans still living and working, from Turkish weaver Nezihe Ozkan to Irish flutist Peter Flanagan ("a poor farm laborer, a courtly gentleman, a wildly youthful old man"). The range of material is wide, taking in "utilitarian pottery in the North Carolina Piedmont," 19th-century English samplers, Rajasthani marionettes and Panamanian textiles. The book is as rich in its authoritative and anecdotal text as in its many color photographs, a study and a celebration compressed into a highly readable volume. Currently out of print, softcover, 276 pages.

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12/13/2018
Paul W.
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Perfect Memento

I would have to start by saying I loved visiting the museum, what a treasure! I could get lost in the exhibits for days. I'll also say that the gift store was excellent too. This book is a must-have for anyone who visits the museum or has an interest in Southwest folk art. I enjoy reading about the artists and their art as well as seeing the images too. Don't hesitate, if you liked the museum you're going to love this book!