By Good Hands: New Hampshire Folk Art
By Good Hands: New Hampshire Folk Art is the catalog of the cooperative exhibition project of the Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, (now Currier Museum of Art), and the University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, Durham (on view from June 23, 1989, through May 20, 1990). The works featured in the exhibition and catalog were created to realize a purpose and are grouped in broad categories that suggest the reasons for which they were made: Commemoration, Decoration, Communication, Documentation, and Self-Satisfaction. Guest curator and author Robert M. Doty wrote in his preface: “It is important to know that these works of art are the result of need, profit, vanity, prestige, and other social factors. Folk art is rarely extraneous or frivolous. It is conceived in necessity, nurtured by innate skills, and born with exuberance and vitality. It is an integral part of the society in which it is made.” The catalog includes 102 black and white illustrations and 8 color illustrations.
Author: Robert M. Doty