Where can one find the world's largest prairie chicken, a restaurant shaped like a fish, a massive Paul Bunyan, or an enormous ear of corn? Roadside sculpture is a uniquely American phenomenon and these strange and wonderful figures can be found scattered along highways and standing in small-town squares, particularly in the Midwest.
These odd and oversized attractions have become destinations for travelers. Whether it serves art, commerce, or local pride, the colossus is always a place in itself, a stopping place where the everyday rules of reality are suspended and the observer can gain insight into the way these communities imagine themselves.
Karal Ann Marling visits dozens of these roadside attractions, viewing them analytically, intellectually, and enthusiastically, tracing each one through folklore and literature. Heavily illustrated, this book takes the reader on the road to examine these treasures and all that they represent.
Folk art fascinates. That's because it proves producing utilitarian objects can provide the opportunity for self-expression. From decoys to doll houses, from scrimshaw to sea chests, from weathervanes to whirligigs, folk artists find wonderment in the workaday, transforming the mundane to the marvelous. As this book proves, folk art is not only rooted in the useful but in the realities of living. Some of the objects pictured here would seem to make daily chores more fun, while others, such as mourning art, help people to face and overcome life's saddest occasions. Some folk art, too, consists of portraits and other paintings produced without pretension by artists who only now are gaining wider appreciation.
This volume serves as an introduction for the novice, a treasure for the collector, and as a companion piece to the Maine Folk Art Trail. Edited by Kevin D. Murphy, the book features a general introduction by Stacy C. Hollander and commentary from curators of Maine's folk art collections. The folk art gathered here is photographed by Ellen McDermott.
-Walter Van Beirendonck's book on all the different aspects of 'masks' includes work by James Ensor, Paul McCarthy, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois, Emil Nolde, Axel Hoedt, Leigh Bower, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Andr Breton... -With texts by Valerie Steele, Kaat Debo, and Chris Dercon -Elaborates on the many different aspects of masks: from the link between Western art and African masks, to their supernatural aspect, rituals about masks, masks in fashion, and even masks as a fetish Since the nineties, Walter Van Beirendonck has been fascinated with masks. They change your identity, invoke a certain atmosphere and have an instant impact. Many artists, among whom are Andr Breton, Pablo Picasso and even Brueghel, have been influenced by them. Power Mask - The Power of Masks elaborates on the many different aspects of masks: the link between Western art and African masks, the supernatural aspect, rituals about masks, masks in fashion or as a fetish... Walter Van Beirendonck is "a truly engaged visionary and a passionate designer, artist and teacher." - Jurgi Persoons, fashion designer. "Walter Van Beirendonck succeeded where I have failed; he turned me into a muscle-man instantly. He is a true artist and there's not many of them around." - Bono, lead singer of U2 "Come along and take a ride into the crazy helter-skelter, inside-out, upside-down world of Walter Van Beirendonck. Colors and shapes reach psychedelic dimensions to charm and astound you." - Stephen Jones, milliner. This book accompanies an expo in the Wereldmuseum (World Museum) Rotterdam, from 1 September 2017 until 7 January 2018. Facebook @waltervanbeirendonckfanpage, @wereldmuseum Twitter @wereldmuseum Instagram @waltervanbeirendonck, @wereldmuseum www.waltervanbeirendonck.com, www.wereldmuseum.nl
Reveals the special qualities that have enabled artisans of the Catskill region to develop and sustain a remarkable craft tradition, and details all the processes involved in making handwoven cloths, ceramics, and other items
In "Animal Collective," Fupete and Jack la Motta create escapist dreams through their alternative reality. The stunning addition to the 36 Chambers series leads the reader deep into amenagerie of fantastic, dark creatures accented by bold strokes and specks of gold. These creatures feature influence from the Italian streets, lending an authenticity to their portrayal as surreal daydreams from the minds of two outsiders. Fupete and Jack la Motta combine their organic styles into a world of fantasy ruled by instinct. These global artists, having created designs for brands such as Ralph Lauren and Polo Jeans in addition to having exhibits across Europe and America, bring their experiences together in this striking collection based on escaping banality.
This book and exhibition presents over 250 silver necklaces, and earrings - objects of ceremonial beauty and originality created by tribal peoples of China. Four catalog essays by leading experts illuminate the context creation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also provide valuable background information for designers, historians, collectors and dealers. In addition to images of the jewelry itself, the volume includes a selection of collect ethnic textiles and other field photographs that puts the jewelry in full ethnological context. Details information an object includes dimensions, weight, material, function, and area of origin. This sumptuous volume is the most comprehensive study of the region's jewelry available and is essential for anyone with an interest in the complete heritage of China.