A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

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Burning the Old South Church John Hilling (1822–1894) Bath, Maine c. 1854 Oil on canvas

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America is a new exhibition which has just opened at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Presenting an eclectic selection of American folk art primarily made in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920, works on show vary from portrait paintings, commercial and personal sculpture, still-life and landscape paintings. There will also be distinctive examples of art from the German-American community exemplify the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the East Coast.

This exhibition will showcase an inspiring variety of content sure to inspire anyone interested in the culture of tattooing, especially that of the traditional and flash style. The naivety of iconic images such as birds, flowers, flags and religion are relayed over and over again in the pieces of folk art shown in this exhibition which overlaps with the origins of flash designs evolution. The incomparable beauty of the innocence and lack of ego in these pieces of artwork is an area of our contemporary culture which is often neglected in modern artwork and craft, so this exhibition will be sure to present us with a perfect and refreshing human contrast our present digital realities. And its free!

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

December 14, 2014–March 8, 2015
American Folk Art Museum in New York
2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave
Midtown West
New York
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Eagle and Flags Plaque Artist unidentified Probably New England 1875-1900 Paint, and gilt on white pine

The Farm of Henry Windle Henry Dousa Washington Court House, Ohio 1875 Oil on canvas

The Farm of Henry Windle
Henry Dousa
Washington Court House, Ohio
1875
Oil on canvas

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Dentist’s Trade Sign Artist unidentified New England c. 1890 Paint on tulip poplar

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Chest Possibly workshop of Samuel Robb (1851–1928) New York City, New York c. 1885-1900 Paint on white pine

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