New York City’s American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) narrowly averted disaster last week. Donors came through after a call to action by art critic Roberta Smith in her article in the New York Times,”As Folk Art Museum Teeters, a Huge Loss Looms.” After the museum defaulted on a $31.2 million construction bond, “they sold the museum’s 10-year-old building to its neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art, and retreated to its small, rather grim Lincoln Square branch.”  For now, it seems the Folk Art Museum is safe a free to inspire still. Its importance was appreciated by no less a visionary than Alfred H. Barr Jr., the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, who considered work by self-taught artists to be a “tributary of one of the main streams of modern taste.”

Noted: The Future of Folk Art

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~ by The Gallery Goddess on October 2, 2011.

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