Folk art

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Outsider art

Art Preserve: first museum devoted to America’s homegrown ‘art environments’ opens in Wisconsin

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has built the new facility to house more than 25,000 "life-specific" works, created over years by untrained artists using found materials

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Exhibitions

Weathervanes get their second wind in an exhibition at New York's American Folk Art Museum

The ornate devices used for measuring wind direction date back to ancient times, but they have come to be associated with Americana—and Modernist art

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Acquisitions

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta fields a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

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Museums & Heritage

Local researchers work to uncover story behind mysterious mural in English church

Residents of a Surrey village are piecing together the history of the colourful and detailed paintings done by a local woman more than 100 years ago

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Exhibitions

‘If they don’t have a story behind them, what’s the use?’ Elijah Pierce's woodcarvings portray America in the 20th century

Images of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Watergate scandal go on show at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

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Book Shorts

Book of discarded family pictures reminds us of our mortality

Personal collection of anonymous photographs made from Kodachrome slides shows the transience of our lives

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Art market

New York’s Americana week reveals a generational shift in taste

Sales lag while demand for folk art is on the rise as Millennials move away from a ‘Home Alone’ aesthetic

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Auction record

Holy grail of folk ceramics made by 19th-century snake handler breaks auction record

The “snake jug” shattered the previous record for Anna Pottery, a niche favourite of Americana collectors

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Art market

Santa Fe shows the contemporary side of folk art

Three-day event brings together artists updating their countries’ native craft traditions

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Tate Britain

Folk art at the Tate Britain

Next Summer's exhibition focuses on the boundaries between the mainstream and the marginal

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Collectors

American folk art is continuously rising in value

We look at some of the collectors

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Antiques fairs

Winter Antiques Fair: “The Academy Award of dealers’ shows”

Exhibitors reported enthusiastic buying as collectors embraced new areas of the market

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Colonial art

The Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Fe aims to bridge the gaps between cultural differences in New Mexico

Time to stop being ashamed of those Conquistadores, and to think about the Spanish-speaking population today

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Books

Book Review: Pewter at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Anthony North uses the collection to illustrate the history of pewter design and decoration

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Winter Antiques Show

New York's Winter Antiques Show offers insight into the collecting trends, prices and the general health of the art market

The show will exhibit colonial and European furniture, girlhood embroidery, Native American pieces, and folk art