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Thinking Through Craft

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ISBN-13: 978-1845206475
ISBN-10: 1845206479
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'At a time when technical skill has been widely dismissed or outsourced in the production of art, Glenn Adamson crucially adds an entire spectrum of hand-crafted objects to the creative history of the post-war era. And at a time when theoretical frameworks have stagnated, these objects, in his hands, bring with them a fresh and sophisticated set of interpretive perspectives.' Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 'Adamson asks provocative questions about the marginalization of craft within the discourse of modernism. Best of all, he writes with a lucidity, energy and engagement that takes the reader with him all the way.' Pennina Barnett, Goldsmiths College, University of London 'A highly original contribution, Thinking through Craft is both thoughtful and exacting about crafted objects and the lessons provided by the artists' time, labor and material inventiveness.' Modern Painters 'A pathbreaking book" Elissa Auther, University of Colorado Throughout Thinking Through Craft, Adamson offers such provocative readings of both fine art and craft history that are likely to instigate radical new ways of thinking about each. Maria Elena Buszek, for Surface Design This book is ... full of thoughtful and pertinent analysis and achieves an impressive theoretical take on the role of studio craft within the history of modern art. The Journal of William Morris Studies A thoughtful, exciting and well-written book that touches on so many interesting ideas concerning craft. Museum Anthropology Review

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Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. He holds degrees in Art History from Cornell University (BA) and from Yale University (PhD). Dr. Adamson was previously curator at the Chipstone Foundation, and in that capacity prepared exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum and taught Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the co-editor (with Tanya Harrod and Edward S. Cooke, Jr.) of the Journal of Modern Craft, the only academic journal in the subject area, which will launch in March 2008.

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Product Details

  • Series: Key Concepts
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845206479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845206475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An uncommon and well thought out consideration of an entire breadth of media and activity many of us in the fine arts acknowledge as integral to our own work, but can't always put into words, this text digs into the separation of craft and Art while examining it objectively and succinctly. This books chews a lot of serious material into manageable pieces without diminishing any of them...incredibly helpful, interesting, and hard-to-put-down read that offers a lot of valuable information people of all creative fields can benefit from.
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This is a really academic/cerebral approach to the topic, which is incredibly interesting, btw. I felt the writing was a little self indulgent, but if you can sift through all of that, it is worth reading, especially since there are so few books on the topic of craft vs. fine art.
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Cannot begin to think how challenging it would be to tackle some of the more difficult questions about the world of fine craft. From the ever-present questions concerning crafts relationship to art, and vice-versa, to the less emotional questions concerning fine crafts place in modern culture. This book speaks to those topics and more.

Easy to pick up, place down, and pick up again. Deftly handled by one of the genre's better authors...if not one of its best.
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This book tackles in a very sucint and precise way the ample and varied concepts of modern arts and crafts.
It gives you the necessary conceptual references to understand craft in the contemporary scenario, all backed up by sound examples of practicing artist and artisans.
A must read book along with The Craft Reader from the same author.
For me, after years mining for this kind of information, it is a kind of relief to have found these books in a field where rarely books of this magnitude appears.
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