Synopses & Reviews
Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting.
"This volume will no doubt become a major reference work for scholars all across the country and will be much sought out as well by our overseas colleagues."--John Michael Vlach, George Washington University
"[A] multi-year, multi-dimensional, and unprecedented series."--Library Journal
"This work provides a comprehensive presentation of traditional contemporary folk art in the American South and will help the discipline find a place in American art history. It will be of interest to scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts of Southern art and culture."
About the Author
Carol Crown is First Tennessee Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis and editor of Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South. Cheryl Rivers, an independent scholar living in Brooklyn, New York, has taught numerous courses at the Folk Art Institute, American Folk Art Museum and is editor of Donald Mitchell: Right Here, Right Now.