Art: Finale for the Fantastical

Washington's Corcoran mounts a fiery, marvelous folk show

In the '60s, when the taste for folk and primitive art was gathering momentum in America, a museum director was asked: Why is there no more folk art? Because, he neatly countered, we have no more folk. And he was almost right, but not wholly. The urbanization of American culture, the bulldozing of eddies, pockets and old beliefs, went on everywhere. But there have been exemptions in some areas. One of these was the rural black community in the South; another, the city ghetto. Yet no...

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