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This Other Eden: Canadian Folk Art Outdoors

by Phil Tilney

Outdoor folk art often gets a bad rap: Think overly adorned mailboxes, pink flamingos, and smiling gnomes. Curator, writer, and broadcaster Phil Tilney sets out to polish the tarnished image of this often misunderstood craft in This Other Eden: Canadian Folk Art Outdoors, a co-publication with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Tilney’s cheeky visual history of “those delicious expressions of exuberance” documents more than 70 years of outdoor folk art, published in conjunction with a touring exhibition of the same name as the book.