COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — “I returned from Paris full of enthusiasm over the world of lively color the Fauves had discovered for me,” recalled the artist Marguerite Zorach (1887–1968) of coming home to America in 1912. Marguerite and her husband William Zorach (1887–1966) and many other artists returning to America from Paris early in the Twentieth Century began to search out folk paintings and carvings and simple early American furniture for two reasons. One was that they were relatively easy to find and they were cheap. The other was that they were American, and these European-influenced artists were looking for a connection between their Modernist aesthetic and an earlier American art tradition.“Folk Art and American Modernism,” an exhibition curated by Elizabeth Stillinger and Ruth Wolfe, is on display at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown from September 18 through December 31. The display, inspired by Stillinger’s 2011 book A Kind of Archeology: Collecting American Folk Art 1876–1976, presents approximately 70 folk art objects, among them paintings, carvings, weathervanes, decoys and furnishings collected by Modernists, plus examples of the work they produced in response to folk art.Also included are vintage photographs that illustrate how these artists and collectors lived with and displayed their folk art. As can be seen from the following descriptions of the men and women featured in the exhibition, they were a talented and diverse group who played a central role in the rediscovery and appreciation of American folk art....
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