Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Art and Design available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

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Wine bottle, Dale Chihuly 1968 - Crafting Modernism, Museum of Arts and Design

Published to coincide with an exhibition in 2011 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design is an in-depth examination of the American studio craft movement from the late 1940s to 1969.

Through their work, designers and craftsmen reacted to the plethora of machine- and mass-produced consumer appliances, furniture and textiles. At the same time a there was a growing consumer interest in the individualistic aesthetic of handmade works. In those years, craft, which spanned the fields of product design to architecture, became a medium for social commentary, philosophy and wit. At the time, the works produced by these artists were viewed as daring and untraditional.  Today, the works are highly collectible and very much a part of our lives. 

The book follows the evolution of craft through the sculpture, jewellery, glass, furniture, textiles, posters and paintings of artists as Alexander Calder, George Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames as well as Dale Chihuly. 

  • Author: Jeannine Falino, Curator, MAD
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Date published: October 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0810984806
  • Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.1 x 3.8 cm