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Living with Folk Art: Ethnic Styles from Around the World Nichola

Living with Folk Art: Ethnic Styles from Around the World - Nicholas Barnard

Thames & Hudson, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Upper: Pre-Columbian masks, figures and animals are grouped alongside an Australian Aborigine stele; Rear: A collection of Mexican Indian and colonial artifacts, furniture and furnishings. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Turkoman jewellery hung in glittering clusters above a cottage fireplace, a shapely and colourful array of Pueblo pots brightening drab kitchen shelves, an Indian house-shrine forming a miniature alcove for a flickering flame… here are interiors of all kinds in which ethnic art shines out as a challenging and increasingly fashionable alternative to the familiar trappings of conventional home decoration. Nicholas Barnard and James Merrell’s painstaking location work in Europe and America has yielded dazzling colour photographs of tribal and folk art beautifully harmonized with the best of Western design.

The art of primitive peoples — ceramics and textiles, masks and metalware, baskets and carvings — was once dismissed in the West as heathen and crude; but opinions have now been completely transformed. Artists such as Picasso and Matisse led the new enthusiasm for tribal and folk art in the early decades of the twentieth century. Today such dynamic yet deeply rooted creativity is available to us all: to travellers, in museums and art galleries, but also, more importantly, in Western shops and markets. From delicate Indonesian floral batiks to ghoulish Mexican Day-of-the-Dead figurines, from African earthenware to intricately fretted Indian screens, the range of artefacts now obtainable is boundless.

Living with Folk Art charts the growing appreciation of arts and crafts from regions outside the developed world. The original use and significance of the objects now adorning our homes are fully detailed, and a worldwide survey documents the peoples who made them. Nicholas Barnard provides inspiring ideas for displaying these items, whether functionally as furniture, architectural fittings or kitchenware, or simply as decorations, and advises on their care and collection. A comprehensive directory lists galleries where such art can be seen, and retailers from whom it can be obtained.

Exotic, charming, but always unusual and provocative, folk art can transform interiors of all kinds.”

Illustrated by James Merrell (Photos.). Size: 10½" x 10". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages.

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