The Devil You Say! is an exhibition that aims to highlight the ascribed Christian concept of duality and how that concept has historically shaped folk-art practices in the Americas.
“The works selected for this exhibition come from a variety of cultures, representing centuries of creativity. The inspiration of many of the artists in our exhibition, most of them anonymous, stems from personal belief, often of a profound nature. Some creations emerged from workshop, or near workshop, environments, and were intended to meet market demands for devotional objects. Some works are decorative—others are intended to be used in a didactic or publicly devotional manner. Some works are intended to profit from a buyer’s unreasonable fear (or lack thereof), while others are objects of intense personal devotion, representing visions wildly abstracted from convention and difficult to reattach to established historical context. A few, defying any reasonable categorization, help keep the boundaries delightfully fuzzy.”
Michael T. Ricker, Collector