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Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca

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ISBN 10: 0394544676 / ISBN 13: 9780394544670
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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10 x 11 in. Natural linen bords. Lavish color plates. Condition is FINE ; no wear, like new on all points. DJ is VERY GOOD+ ; not price-clipped ($75.00) very clean, small closed tear at spine head. Art. Stax. Bookseller Inventory # 19938

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Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good +

Edition: First edition, as stated

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Until recently, American primitive sculpture was seen as a kind of folk art: objects whose design and purpose ere rooted in a community of tradition and related to the daily material and spiritual needs of ordinary people. But in recently years, collectors and historians have begun to place this body of art within the realm of fine and not folk art. Pictured here are scarecrows and lampstands, hat forms and face jugs, weather vanes and whirligigs, toys, decoys, and carnival figures, icons, architectural embellishments, three-dimensional protraits, and more. These are artists unconcerned with rules or with the success of their methods, or with the commercial possibilities of their creations. They neither intended nor hoped that their work would be acknowledged as art nor they as artists. This very innocence has produced daring solutions to practical problems and audacious artistic results.

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The authors, dealers and collectors of American-folk art, here focus on creations that are macabre, visionary, offbeat, often fetish-like in their raw power. Many of the pieces are anonymous; most have never been exhibited or illustrated anywhere. The polychrome wood Baby in a Chair (found in upstate New York, late 19th cent.) has the magical potency of an African totem. Other compelling works are the phantasmagorical Janus-Faced Root Fantasy and a gaunt, Giacometti-like Scarecrow. The illustrations show amazing weathervanes, shop signs, decoys, face jugs, whirligigs, ships' figureheads, busts, canes, ballot boxes. Calling these pieces "folk" art obscures their significance, the authors insist, and this revelatory surveya major act of cultural restorationbrings to light a body of native American art with affinities to the primitivist-inspired modernism of European artists.
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