British Folk Art
Co-curated with Martin Myrone and Ruth Kenny
TATE Britain, London
10 June – 31 August, 2014
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
27 September - 14 December, 2014
This is the first major historical exhibition of British folk art at a national art museum. It takes in an array of genres and media from the 17th to the mid-20th century. But it does not set out a single narrative or definition for folk art. As curators we decided from the beginning not to attempt this, but instead offer a series of encounters with different sorts of objects that already have a history as folk art. They are arranged to suggest connections with different territories such as the town, the sea and the countryside, or because of formal considerations such as the presence of text, or the figurative versus the abstract...