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A Beautiful and Stimulating Book12 Sept. 2012
Bryan J. Stevens
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This remarkable survey of the folk art of the mountainous areas of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru was written to serve as the catalogue for a large and impressive exhibition with the same name, which opened at the International Museum of Folk Art in 2011. I had the pleasure of seeing this show soon after it had opened. I recall that there were so many beautiful and interesting objects that the experience was nearly overwhelming. In retrospect, I should have gone back for a series of brief visits, to really take it all in. Because my time in Santa Fe was limited, I only went once, and focused on areas of particular interest.
More recently I decided to buy this book. I was pleased and surprised to discover how thoroughly the author had linked succinct factual explanations with vivid color photos of every item. One could revisit the museum after all, from a great distance, by reading this book in comfortable bursts.
I have a particular interest in the masks that are used in folk dances in the Americas. When I visited this exhibition, I was pleased to see the variety of masks that were included. These masks only made up a small part of the entire show, but they were of very high quality, well displayed, and otherwise unusual to find in any museum. Now that I have the book, I was interested to find specific and helpful explanations for these masks and their related dances, so that I understood some of them for the first time.
Likewise, because I had returned from a visit to Peru with a small collection of animal amulets that were carved from stone, I was very pleased to find several pages of this book where these were illustrated and explained.
And so it went. There was such variety! As I rambled through the book I encountered many charming objects, some familiar to me and many others that were unfamiliar. But they did not remain unfamiliar for long, because the information to explain them was precisely adjacent to the images.
In summary, I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the folk arts of the Americas. Look, read, and learn.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worth purchasing...13 Dec. 2012
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It is an extraordinary accumulation of information and good photos. Best reference I have seen in the 50 years I have worked with Andean material. Leslie Grace - Seattle