Posted 08/06/12

The (America) House that Mrs. Webb Built

When it closed its doors in 1971, American crafts were no longer an anomaly, and the desire for them had never been stronger.  Mission accomplished. 

Posted 08/06/12

Sparkle Plenty

The vogue for tinsel painting, which spread from high places to low in nineteenth-century America, is the subject of a glittering exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum.

Posted 08/06/12

A Rainy Day: Frank W. Benson's Maine Interiors

While visiting Maine's North Haven Island in 1900, the Bensons discovered Wooster Farm. The Federal house was situated on a narrow piece of land surrounded by the sparkling waters of Penobscot Bay. Ellen realized that it offered plenty of room for their four children-Eleanor, Elisabeth, George, and Sylvia-while Benson, spying the large barn, knew it would make a perfect studio. "From the moment we saw it," Benson later recalled, "Wooster Farm felt like home."

Posted 07/16/12

Southern California modernism engages colonial New England

An advertisement placed by the Los Angeles department store Barker Brothers in the Los Angeles Times on November 13, 1929, records the earliest appearance of Porter Blanchard's Commonwealth pattern, the first American flatware pattern to embrace modernism in both form and ornament

Posted 07/16/12

Folk art rising

Although the American Folk Art Museum received a great deal of press attention upon the closing of its award-winning building on Fifty-Third Street last year, the really big story was to be found in its immediate resurgence.

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