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Roy McMakin: When is a chair not a chair? Hardcover – April 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833573
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...At once an architect and a furniture designer, this monograph proves McMakin above all an artist....Highly recommended reading." ~Curated.com

"A dance between intellect and affect, his stunning 208-page monograph (with captivating contributions by is a Los Angeles-based artist, John Baldessari, Michael Darling, curator at the Seattle Art Museum, Lisa Eisner, photographer and cofounder of Greybull Press Michael, and Los Angeles–based writer and curator Ned Holte) captures Makin's attentiveness to the tempestuous nature of the human spirit-- in it's many forms." ~CuratedObject.us

"Roy McMakin: When Is a Chair Not a Chair asks the right question about the work of the 53-year-old artist, furniture designer and architect.  The answer: sometimes.  Mr. McMakin, who lives in Seattle, makes furniture that is comfortable, yet bedevils the eye." ~New York Times

"This lush volume of his work is an apt primer on the Seattle-based art and design world darling. Visual puns executed by seemingly simple plays on classic Shaker design, never-before-seen private installations, and commentary by artist John Baldessari and Seattle Art Museum curator Michael Darling round out the survey." ~OUT

"A retrospective of artist Roy Mcmakin's work, this book proves, without a doubt, that McMakin is one of the design geniuses of our time." ~Riviera

"A perfect beginning to an attractive book..." ~Interior Design

About the Author

Roy McMakin is an acclaimed artist and designer based in Seattle. John Baldessari is a Los Angeles-based artist. Michael Darling is a curator at the Seattle Art Museum. Lisa Eisner is a photographer and cofounder of Greybull Press. Michael Ned Holte is a Los Angeles–based writer and curator.

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I'm a fan of Roy McMakin, and this book was slightly disappointing to me. Just a bit sparse... nice, full-color photos, but not what I had in mind for an art book.
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Roy McMakin is artist whose medium is furniture, architecture, interiors, and photography. He riffs on common objects and forms like a poet playing with words. At first glance a chair or dresser might appear commonplace, but then you notice something unexpected - the chair legs are slightly off kilter, or the dresser seems to be missing a knob. The longer you look, the more you discover.

Crisp color photographs, and several of McMakin's sketches, display the wide variety of his work, including furniture, architecture, interiors, photographs, and other objects. The essays included in this book are well written and illuminating, helping the reader to glean even more meaning from the photographs.

Highly recommended for all art and design libraries, as well as anyone interested in art, design, and thinking about ordinary objects in new ways.
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