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Faculty Book: Kevin D. Murphy, ed.

Kevin D. Murphy, ed.

Folk Art in Maine: Uncommon Treasures, 1750–1925
(Down East Books, 2008)

Folk art fascinates, perhaps because it proves that producing utilitarian objects can provide the opportunity for self-expression by generally self-taught artists. 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. This volume serves as an introduction for the novice, a treasure for the collector, and as a companion piece to the 2008 Maine Folk Art Trail, with exhibits in eleven of the state’s museums. The book features a general introduction by Stacy C. Hollander, senior curator of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and commentary from curators of Maine’s folk art collections. Kevin Murphy is a professor of art history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 6, 2008

Category: Art History, Faculty Books