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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933445
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOWERY STOKES SIMS is the Charles Bronfman International Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Former President of The Studio Museum in Harlem and a specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is known for her expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native, and Asian American artists.

SUZANNE RAMLJAK, a writer, art historian, and curator, is currently editor of Metalsmith magazine. She was formerly curator of exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts. Ramljak is the author of Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Elie Nadelman: Classical Folk.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H.J. van den Berg on December 10, 2012
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Provides a great review of beautiful art. Highly recommended. So many applications of wood in art. Very accessible, well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jonker-burke on March 26, 2013
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My husband and I are docents at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. We bought the book Against the Grain in order to be knowledgeable of the exhibit before it came to our museum. We found the book extremely helpful.
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By William Elliott on March 18, 2015
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Should be in any new, weathered or drift wood artist's or sculptor's working library.
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As a writer and curator I am drawn to subjects--such as our cultural obsession with the Venus de Milo, or our inherent impulse to adorn ourselves--that point to deeper human needs for beauty and grandeur. I am fascinated by the extravagant forms we create and how they, in turn, shape us. I write to delight in words, but also to open eyes and minds. I am often suggestive, if not provocative, in attempts to arouse my readers. And I invite you to join me on the page....

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