Anonymous Stone Carving, with initials "H.D." 1935
Image courtesy of American Primitive Gallery, NY

The Unknown Artist

Lecture    2 pm     8th Floor Dialogues
In this illustrated presentation, John Foster discusses the anonymous artist and his/her role in the art of the United States.  In particular, Foster discusses why art collections are more balanced by the addition of quality anonymous art.

John Foster is a longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. He is also as an artist, photographer, designer, and art curator. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for nearly 10 year. In 2005, Art & Antiques named John one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES, an organization dedicated to saving and preserving arts and cultural environments; and is an Advisory Board Member of the Folk Art Society of America. He was a co-founder of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri and for 10 years edited their publication. He has been a guest speaker at the American Folk Art Museum in NY, The Peabody-Essex Museum; and at numerous museums, art conferences and universities across the country. 
John Foster, independent curator, artist, and collector

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