Drawing on America's Past by Virginia Tuttle Clayton
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Drawing on America's Past
By Virginia Tuttle Clayton

Drawing on America's Past

Folk Art, Modernism and the Index of American Design 1st New edition


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Drawing on America's Past by Virginia Tuttle Clayton

Book Description

This beautifully 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 the time of settlement to about 1900. The approximately 1,000 artists involved in the project created more than 18,000 meticulous watercolor portraits of Americana. The book presents 82 of the finest watercolor renderings along with a selection of the artifacts they represent. The original objects range from quilts, weather vanes, and hand-carved toys to carousel animals, stoneware, and cigar-store figures. Three essays explore the history, operation, and ambitions of the Index of American Design, examine folk-art collecting in America during the early decades of the twentieth century, and consider the Index's role in the search for a national cultural identity in the early twentieth-century United States. Drawing on America's Past is the companion publication to an exhibition which runs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., 27 November 2002 through 2 March 2003.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807827949
ISBN-10: 0807827940
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 229mm x 32mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Virginia Tuttle Clayton

Virginia Tuttle Clayton is associate curator of old master prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.|Elizabeth Stillinger is a historian of American decorative arts who lives in Connecticut.|0|Deborah Chotner is assistant curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art.

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