Folklore & Avantgarde

The Reception of Popular Traditions in the Age of Modernism

Edited by Katia Baudin and Elina Knorpp

Folklore & Avantgarde

Edited by Katia Baudin and Elina Knorpp

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

288 pages | 350 color plates | 9 x 10 3/4
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9783777433844 Will Publish January 2020 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
A century after the Modernism art movement arrived in Europe and America, many artists and architects found new inspiration in an unlikely place. Hand-crafted folk-industrialization expanded. Other folkloric traditions such as oral tales, customs, and proverbs also started to influence the pioneers of Modernism as the movement began to develop its artistic language. As private collectors, museums and artists began to collect and exhibit these treasured artifacts, the artistic community has started to focus their attention on how popular and folk traditions influenced modern artistic practice.

Folklore & Avantgarde examines the influence of folkloric traditions within the Modernism movement in great detail. The work of avant-garde artists such as Josef Albers, Sonia Delaunay, and Johannes Itten is contrasted with craft objects and folk art through 350 illustrations, including African, folk and peasant art and textile handicrafts.
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