American Folk Art.
I love it. It can be almost anything – that’s what’s so beautiful about it.
I have this signed print by Howard Finster:
I got it in 1995 when Mr. Finster himself was at a showing in his hometown of Summerville, Georgia.
Here he is signing at his table:
Wouldn’t it be nice if his art became as valuable as Grandma Moses??
I recently read that “A 1942 piece by Grandma Moses, “The Old Checkered House, 1862” was appraised at the Memphis 2004 Antiques Roadshow. The painting was a summer scene, not as common as her winter landscapes. Originally purchased in the 1940s for under $10, the piece was assigned an insurance value of $60,000.00”
You gotta love American Folk Art!
Recently I paid a visit to The American Folk Art Museum here in NYC, at Columbus & 66th Street.
It’s just about right across the street from Lincoln Center.
It’s a FREE museum, and well worth a visit. Their gift shop alone is like a museum!
I absolutely LOVED this papier-mâché piece:
and this all-too-true wooden sign:
At the time of my visit, the museum’s display was Quilts.
They were amazing!
The colors, and the tiny detail. I can barely sew on a button!
I really love the colors in this one:
Orange is such a happy color!
They also had a series of quilts which are a 9-11 tribute.
Here’s some detail of one section:
Just amazing. Left me speechless…
If you visit, and then want a recommendation of a nearby restaurant, I LOVE Rosa Mexicano, which is at Columbus & 62nd Street.
It’s a *slightly* more upscale Mexican eatery (in other words, NOT Tex-Mex) – on a nice day, sit outside and share the large guacamole, made table side, served in a molcajete and enough for 2-3.
A perfect outing.