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FOR FOLK'S SAKE: ART AND ECEONOMY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY NOVA SCOTIA. Erin Morton. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2016. McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History. 392 pp. with 76 col. ills. 25 x 20 cm. ISBN 9780773548121 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 174013. Publisher's description: Folk art emerged in twentieth-century Nova Scotia not as an accident of history, but in tandem with cultural policy developments that shaped art institutions across the province between 1967 and 1997. For Folk's Sake charts how woodcarvings and paintings by well-known and obscure self-taught makers - and their connection to handwork, local history, and place - fed the public's nostalgia for a simpler past. The folk artists examined here range from the well-known self-taught painter Maud Lewis to the relatively anonymous woodcarvers Charles Atkinson, Ralph Boutilier, Collins Eisenhauer, and Clarence Mooers. These artists are connected by the ways in which their work fascinated those active in the contemporary Canadian art world at a time when modernism - and the art market that once sustained it - had reached a crisis. As folk art entered the public collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the private collections of professors at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, it evolved under the direction of collectors and curators who sought it out according to a particular modernist aesthetic language.
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Worldwide Number: 174014
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