Thinking Through Craft

February 7, 2019|
Thinking Through Craft by Glenn Adamson
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Co-published in Association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London This book is a timely and engaging introduction to the way that artists working in all media think about craft. Workmanship is key to today''s visual arts, when high ''production values'' are becoming increasingly commonplace. Yet craft''s centrality to contemporary art has received little serious attention from critics and historians. Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively makes a case for defining craft in a more nuanced fashion. The interesting thing about craft, he argues, is that it is perceived to be ''inferior'' to art. The book consists of an overview of various aspects of this second-class identity - supplementarity, sensuality, skill, the pastoral, and the amateur. It also provides historical case studies analysing craft''s role in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, design, contemporary art, and the crafts themselves. Thinking Through Craft will be essential reading for anyone interested in craft or the broader visual arts.
Glenn Adamson''s books includeFewer, Better Things,The Invention of Craft, andThe Craft Reader. His writings have also been published in museum catalogues and inArt in America,Antiques,frieze, and other periodicals. He was previously director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and has held appointments as Senior Scholar at the...
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Title:Thinking Through Craft
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 9.61 X 6.77 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 9.61 X 6.77 X 0 in
Published:February 7, 2019
Publisher:Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781350092631

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