the painted screens of baltimore an urban folk art revealed

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The Painted Screens Of Baltimore

Author : Elaine Eff
ISBN : 9781496803924
Genre : Art
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Painted screens have long been synonymous in the popular imagination with the Baltimore row house. Picturesque, practical, and quirky, window and door screens adorned with scenic views simultaneously offer privacy and ventilation in crowded neighborhoods. As an urban folk art, painted screens flourished in Baltimore, though they did not originate there—precursors date to early eighteenth-century London. They were a fixture on fine homes and businesses in Europe and America throughout the Victorian era. But as the handmade screen yielded to industrial production, the whimsical artifact of the elite classes was suddenly transformed into an item for mass consumption. Historic examples are now a rarity, but in Baltimore the folk art is still very much alive. The Painted Screens of Baltimore takes a first look at this beloved icon of one major American city through the words and images of dozens of self-taught artists who trace their creations to the capable and unlikely brush of one Bohemian immigrant, William Oktavec. In 1913, this corner grocer began a family dynasty inspired generations of artists who continue his craft to this day. The book examines the roots of painted wire cloth, the ethnic communities where painted screens have been at home for a century, and the future of this art form.

Craftsman Of The Cumberlands

Author : Michael Owen Jones
ISBN : 9780813147895
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Why do people consider aesthetic qualities as well as utilitarian ones in the making of everyday objects? Why do they maintain traditions? What is the nature of their creative process? These are some of the larger questions addressed by Michael Owen Jones in his book on craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Concentrating on the work of one man, woodworker and chairmaker Chester Cornett, Jones not only describes the tools and techniques employed by Cornett but also his aspirations and values. Cornett possessed a deep knowledge of his materials and a mastery of construction methods. Some of his chairs represent not objects of utility but aesthetic developments of the chair form. Cornett sought to cope with the problems of his life, Jones maintains; their massiveness provided a sense of security, the virtuosity of their design and construction, a feeling of self-esteem. Jones also compares other area craftsmen and their views about their work.

Street Art

Author : Cedar Lewisohn
ISBN : 1854377671
Genre : Graffiti
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Street Art - art made in public spaces and including graffiti, stickers, poster art, stencil art and wheat-pasting, but not corporate-sponsored advertising or "public art" - has become one of the most popular and hotly discussed areas of art practice on the contemporary scene.

Folklore Rules

Author : Lynne S. McNeill
ISBN : 9780874219067
Genre : Social Science
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Folklore Rules is a brief introduction to the foundational concepts in folklore studies for beginning students. Designed to give essential background on the current study of folklore and some of the basic concepts and questions used when analyzing folklore, this short, coherent, and approachable handbook is divided into five chapters: What Is Folklore?; What Do Folklorists Do?; Types of Folklore; Types of Folk Groups; and, finally, What Do I Do Now? Through these chapters students are guided toward a working understanding of the field, learn basic terms and techniques, and learn to perceive the knowledge base and discourse frame for materials used in folklore courses. Folklore Rules will appeal to instructors and students for a variety of courses, including introductory folklore and comparative studies as well as literature, anthropology, and composition classes that include a folklore component.

Bound To Appear

Author : Huey Copeland
ISBN : 9780226115702
Genre : Art
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A smart account of a defining moment in African American contemporary art. The early 1990s were a game changer for black artists. Many rose prominently to lead the field of advanced art more generally--artists like Glenn Ligon, Renee Green, Fred Wilson, Lorna Simpson and others. It was in the early 1990s when African American artists began to produce installation and conceptual work, where previously, as an identity group, they had focused on figurative painting and craft work. Now, suddently, artists were producing site specific installations, sound art, performance, and readymades that sought to immerse the viewer in environments that provoked the experience of slavery and raised awareness of the constructedness of "blackness" in this country.

The World Atlas Of Street Art And Graffiti

Author : Rafael Schacter
ISBN : 9780300199420
Genre : Art
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DIVAn authoritative guide to the most significant artists, schools, and styles of street art and graffiti around the world/div

Diary Of Frida Kahlo

Author : Carlos Fuentes
ISBN : 0810981955
Genre : Art
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Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) remains a compelling force in the art world. This facsimile of her remarkable diary reveals the passion and enormous strength of the last ten years of her anguished life. 338 illustrations, 167 in color.

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