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Craft for a Modern WorldThe Renwick Gallery Collection

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Add to Cart US$54.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 208 pages, 305 × 229 mm (9 × 12 in)

Illustrations — 195 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£39.95 / US$54.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-82-3

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About the Book

Craft for a Modern World highlights 140 of the extraordinary craft objects held at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Nora Atkinson looks at the whole notion of what defines craft, and how attitudes towards it are continually changing, from the pioneering years of the studio craft movement through to new definitions and expressions of craft today.

This fully illustrated new volume features works by artists including Matthias Pliessnig, George Nakashima, Albert Paley, Ron Fleming, Zack Peabody, Billie Ruth Sudduth, Todd Hoyer, Michael James, Toots Zynsky, Michael Sherrill, Patti Warashina, and Kim Schmahmann. Publication in 2015 celebrates the current major renovation of the Renwick Gallery, which opened in 1972 as the home of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program. For more than 40 years, it has showcased the museum’s outstanding collection of contemporary studio craft, and presented special exhibitions that feature the best craft objects and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present.

About the Author(s)

Nora Atkinson is the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, a newly endowed position at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is the author of Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb (2014).