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Drawing on America's past : folk art, modernism, and the Index of American Design

Author: Virginia Tuttle Clayton; Elizabeth Stillinger; Erika Lee Doss; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : National Gallery of Art, ©2002.
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"This illustrated book commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the National Gallery of Art's acquisition of the Index of American Design. Widely regarded as one of the New Deal's most important art projects, the Index began in 1935 as a unit of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. Its aim was to compile and eventually publish a visual archive of American folk, popular, and decorative art from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Clayton, Virginia Tuttle, 1946-
Drawing on America's past.
Washington [D.C.] : National Gallery of Art, c2002
(OCoLC)606933110
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Tuttle Clayton; Elizabeth Stillinger; Erika Lee Doss; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
ISBN: 0894682954 9780894682957 0807827940 9780807827949
OCLC Number: 50519226
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Dec. 2, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003.
Description: 253 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Contents: Picturing a "usable past" / Virginia Tuttle Clayton --
From attics, sheds, and secondhand shops : collecting folk art in America, 1880-1940 / Elizabeth Stillinger --
American folk art's "distinctive character" : the Index of American Design and New Deal notions of cultural nationalism / Erika Doss --
Catalogue : carvings, domestic artifacts, furniture, textiles, toys, trade signs and figures, weather vanes, whirligigs, and one drum / Deborah Chotner, Virginia Tuttle Clayton, Louisa Ransom --
Artists' biographies --
Annotated list of state projects.
Responsibility: Virginia Tuttle Clayton, Elizabeth Stillinger, Erika Doss.

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This volume commemorates the 60th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art's acquisition of the Index of American design. It is a collection of watercolour portraits of Americana along with a  Read more...

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