• Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America

  • Catalog of the exhibition of the same name on view at the American Folk Art Museum in 2012–2013. Flourishing in America from 1850 to 1890, tinsel paintings are reverse paintings on glass with smooth or crumpled metallic foil applied behind translucent and transparent areas; when viewed in candlelight or gaslight, the effect was one of shimmering highlights. One of the great revelations of the exhibition was the way this modest technique touched upon so many aspects of American life, innovation, and culture. By Lee Kogan. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2013. Hardcover: 128 pages. Measures 8 3/4" x 6 11/16".

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