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George Smart, Goose Woman, ca. 1840, paper and fabric collage, 11 5/8 x 9 5/8". From “British Folk Art.”

London

“British Folk Art”

Tate Britain
Millbank
June 10–August 30

Curated by Martin Myrone and Jeff McMillan

In accordance with the model established by the landmark 1932 show “American Folk Art: The Art of the Common Man in America, 1750–1900” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this long-overdue survey will encompass almost two hundred artifacts from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. The curators will consider these works from an aesthetic perspective rather than that of an ethnographer or folklorist. As did its forebear, the London exhibition will feature objects that are readily considered under the (fine-art, not folk-art) rubrics of sculpture and painting: ships’ figureheads, trade signs, and genre scenes limned by artisans and amateurs. Supplementing these familiar categories will be textiles, collages, and sundry objects, including a “large boody [sic] pottery dish.” While most of the makers in the ensemble can no longer be identified, among the more recent contributors will be figures such as Alfred Wallis and Jesse Maycock, well known to those with an interest in self-taught and outsider art.