Category Archives: Folk Art

Inside Out: Outsider Artists Tell Their Stories

Whether it’s called Outsider Art, Visionary Art, Naïve Art, or Intuitive Art, art produced by self-taught individuals, often without formal training, can reveal an innate personal vision that many trained artists strive to attain. According to the American Visionary Art … Continue reading

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Stories to Tell

Dragonflies, luna moths, the phoenix, purple orchids, mermaids, centaurs and other mysterical creatures populate the artwork of Idaherma Williams. The Franklin Township resident’s prints and paintings take us where no plane will go, but they do take us where trains … Continue reading

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Back to Black

Yesterday, I went to see Starburst, the blockbuster exhibit on color photography from the 1970s at the Princeton University Art Museum. (Stay tuned for my story on this.)  I am reading the catalog foreword by Aaron Betsky, director of the … Continue reading

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What Curators Are Looking For

Yesterday I received an announcement about the Peoples’ Biennial at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College. “People’s Biennial will feature artists who haven’t had significant exposure, or who may not even consider themselves part of the art world,” according to … Continue reading

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Bee in her Bonnet

Three years ago, when Warren Jeffs was jailed for being an accomplice to rape in arranging polygamous marriages between under-age girls and older men, I was fascinated by the hand-sewn 19th-century clothing the women at the Yearning for Zion Ranch … Continue reading

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Return of the Muse

Reflections on a Roosting Muse Guest post and photograph by Ricardo Barros (on view at the Dalet Gallery in Philadelphia through June 6) A muse, as most people commonly think of one, is a person who inspires creativity in an … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscope Eyes

The artist Shaun Daley has invented his own world, and he knows it. A  self-taught artist, he has dubbed his style “Shaunism” as a statement that his work is not an academic exercise nor a movement by a group of … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Fly

Last year, when the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art  organized and mounted, Declaration of Independence: Fifty Years of Art by Faith Ringgold, a retrospective, I was very fortunate to get to interview the legendary artist on the occasion of … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

That’s the title of this piece by Eric Schultz. I first saw it on the wall of Coby Green-Rikfin at Grounds For Sculpture in September, before it moved on to a show at the Chapin School (4101 Princeton Pike, Lawrence, … Continue reading

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Long Live Chagall

Imagine visiting this confiserie in Aix-en-Provence. That’s where artist Fay Sciarra traveled to this summer and got the inspiration for this reverse painting on glass. She acquired this cool vintage leaded glass window  from Russell Hutsko, one of the antiques … Continue reading

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