|The Art of the Decoy
Carved bird decoys from a private collection
Saturday, August 15 through Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, August 15, 6-8 pm
Shane Newell talk at 7 pm
Download the Times Observer article on this show
"I became a decoy collector in 1987 after reading Wildfowl Decoys written by Joel Barber in 1934. To this day, I still enjoy the book and I can gaze at length at the captivating photograph of the author's decoy collection, which represents specific carvers and regions. Beginning with the popularity of Barber’s book, the decoy slowly reappeared as the American Folk Art object enjoyed both esthetically and historically. As large collections were amassed and brought to public auction in the 1970s, select decoy makers emerged as “old masters,” and the price for their work skyrocketed to astonishing levels. As in the classification of fine art, the artist, date, condition and provenance collectively narrow to an elite field that is, in this case, reserved for names such as Crowell, Stevens, Ward, Cobb and Caines instead of Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rembrandt and Renoir."