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Made with passion
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
Publication Information:
Washington : Published for the National Museum of American Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xv, 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Published for the exhibition Made with Passion: the Hemphill folk art collection in the National Museum of American Art, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 23 September 1990-21 January 1991"--Verso t.p.

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NK805 .N35 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Published in conjunction with a major exhibition, Hartigan, the curator, presents 196 objects (meticulously reproduced in both color and b&w) representing the genres, media, themes, concentrations, periods, and quality of the National Museum of American Art's holdings from which they were chosen. The entries are concise and thorough, and Hartigan provides knowledgeable and insightful background in her major (70 page) illustrated introduction. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This catalog accompanies an exhibition of the extensive collection of American folk art purchased by the National Museum of American Art in 1986 from collector and author Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Curator Hartigan gives the reader insight into the alternate aesthetic of folk art and explores its relationship with more traditionally accepted mediums in the fine arts. This beautifully produced work includes, in addition to the substantial introductory material, detailed entries with physical descriptions and provenance of 196 pieces from the collection, a substantial bibliography, and an index. Highly recommended for both art scholars and general readers, this is a valuable purchase for academic and public libraries.-- Mary Molinaro, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Hartigan's examination of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr.'s collection of American folk art delineates the confrontation of Hemphill's objects with the concept of American "fine arts"--high, popular, folk, ethnic, traditional, or counter. Hartigan, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the National Museum of American Art, uses her extensive research to display keen insight into the collecting world of Hemphill in this musuem's exhibition. Elizabeth Broem (director, National Museum of American Art) explains beautifully in her foreword that "Art is less a category than an honorific." There are four chapters, called "Functional Environment," "Tokens of Meaning," "Communal Expressions," and "Individual Paths." The objects described have an exotic range, including signs, decoys, and postcards; transport, carnival, and tatoo objects; Native American and Hispanic art; and environmental works. Book designer Janice Wheeler has done a superb job arranging type and photos. The 180 black-and-white photos are satisfactory; the 87 color plates are excellent. Recommended for all libraries. -J. Risley, Wesleyan University