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Posted By: babypix
24-Mar-09 - 11:20 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
Subject: RE: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)
For anyone who's interested in Archie Green's work with vernacular sculpture, here's some information about his book, TIN MEN...

Tin Men
Author: Archie Green

Pub Date:         2007
Pages:         224 pages
Dimensions:        7 x 10 in.
Illustrations:        102 Black & White Photographs

The art, craft, and social history behind tin men.

For centuries, the history and lore of tinkers, tinners, tinsmiths, and their contemporary counterparts--sheet-metal workers--have been represented through the creation of figurative sculptures known as tin men, crafted from sheet metal and scraps into likenesses that include clowns, knights, cowboys, and L. Frank Baum's Tin Woodsman of Oz.

In this vibrant exploration of tin men and their creators, labor folklorist Archie Green interviews craftspeople, gallery owners, collectors, and Sheet Metal Workers' International Association officials, linking tinsmith artistry to issues of craft education, union traditions, labor history, and social class. Enhanced by numerous illustrations, the volume also includes an inventory of tin men located in sheet metal shops, galleries, and museums.

"Green's writing, a blend of ethnography and autobiography, is well suited to a craftsman who labored alongside workers and then devoted a second career to interpreting their anonymous contributions."--California Folklore Society

"Tin Men opens a new chapter in material culture studies and folk art research. Connoisseurs may collect and venerate their favorite tin-man pieces, but Archie Green reclaims all these objects for the trade."--Julia Ardery, author of The Temptation: Edgar Tolson and the Genesis of Twentieth-Century Folk Art

Archie Green is the author of Calf's Head and Union Tale: Labor Yarns at Work and Play and many other books.

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