Contemporary Urban Folk Art From Kentucky: End of the Agrarian Tradition presents the shift from agrarian folk art to contemporary art through the work of four urban artists: Tad DeSanto, Joshua Huettig, Robert Morgan, and Bruce New. While these artists range in age from their thirties to their sixties, they are all of a generation of folk artists in Kentucky, who not only exist on the cutting edge, but define it actively through their work.
“It is also important to note that none of these artists live in secluded, rural places. All four live in or very near the state’s urban centers of Lexington and Louisville.” stated Matt Collinsworth, Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University. “In an age when the line between folk art and fine art is increasingly blurred, these four artists stand to ask if it should exist at all. Their work is all carefully conceived, fully intentional, and gloriously crafted — resulting in fine American contemporary art.”
“American folk art of the 20th Century has been understood to be folksy art of the people — “untrained, rural, loner artists” living mostly in the south, usually in poverty, and generally untrained and uneducated as artists,” remarked The Arts Company Owner Anne Brown. “At the beginning of the 21st century, some of these artists are coming to be viewed as significant American artists whose contemporary artwork has helped shape our modern visual culture, artists who will have a lasting influence on other artists, collectors, and audiences for years to come.”