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Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith (Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I)
painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist--Harry Smith
(1923-1991) was an incomparable polymath and seminal figure in the
realms of beat culture and avant-garde art. Smith's kaleidoscopic
experimental films have influenced generations of artists and
cinephiles, while his landmark three-volume compilation, the Anthology of American Folk Music (1952),
laid the foundation for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s.
In addition to his ecstatic artwork, Smith is renowned for his vast
collections of curious objects. The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné series spotlights and indexes his eclectic research obsessions. Volume
one features richly detailed photographic documentation of 251 paper
airplanes gathered by Smith from the streets of New York City over an
approximately 20-year period. Whimsical and weird, the paper airplanes
rank among Smith's most mysterious collecting pursuits. This extensive
compendium presents the fruits of his extraordinary aeronautic pursuit
and highlights the tangled history and myths that accompany them."
String Figures: The Collections of Harry Smith (Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II)
"Volume two of The Collections of Harry Smith
focuses on Smith's erudite study of string figures, an age-old form of
spiritual and recreational play that he passionately chronicled in
multiple mediums. This immersive volume contains photographs of the
extant mounted string figures created by Smith alongside interviews,
film stills and selections from his unpublished anthropological
research. Additional contextual materials include an introductory essay
and a conversation between musician, photographer and filmmaker John
Cohen, a longtime colleague of Smith, and painter Terry Winters."
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