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Art environments are as unique as the individuals who have created them, writes Umberger, but she may as well have said that the individuals are as unique as the environments they create. The bulk of this coffee-table book consists of illustrated biographies of more than 20 of these artists. They created first and foremost for themselves, to decorate the world around them, to occupy their time and their mind, to stave off loneliness, even for self-preservation. This is the joy of folk art: it is personal and generous. David Butler saw his art as protective charms. Emery Blagdon, who watched both of his parents die following painful illnesses, called his creation The Healing Machine and felt that it sent energy coursing through the room and drew deleterious matter out of an afflicted body
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Leslie Umberger is senior curator of exhibitions and collections at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Erika Doss is a writer, art historian, editor, and professor. She has published a number of books, including the recent Twentieth-Century American Art .
Ruth DeYoung Kohler is a curator and vice president for the arts at the Wisconsin Academy for Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Lisa Stone is the curator for the Roger Brown Study Collection, house museum, and special collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Prepare to be dazzled by houses completely covered in rhinestones, painted from top to bottom, or graced with an enormous rock garden filled with creatures. This book will certainly inspire your own artistic adventure. -- American Style, February 2008
The biographies and photographs (both historic) and lavish, full-color documentary photos provide the best, possibly the sole, access to these imagined worlds for a larger audience. The book also justifiably promotes the preservation and collection work being done by the Kohler Arts Center, where Umberger is a senior curator, which specializes in built environments, particularly in the Midwest. -- Publisher's Weekly, October 1, 2007
the bookshelf equivalent of a Cadillac: dazzling, oversized and unmistakably American. Its pages are filled with paeans to the formidable personal museums created by self-taught artists across the US and looked after by the John Michael Kohler Arts Centre in Wisconsin, a refuge for all that is weird and wonderful in the American panorama....Innate to the architecture of all these strange homes is an abiding faith in the American Dream...metaphor for the idea of America as an unfinished project, always capable of being improved and embellished. -- Tank, February 2008
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Book Description Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. Soft Cover. Condition: New. New sealed copy. 416 pages; 650 color illustrations; 100 b/w illustrations. Seller Inventory # 206256
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