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By Vicki Halper, Diane Douglas

ISBN-10: 0807831190

ISBN-13: 9780807831199

Opting for Craft explores the historical past and perform of yankee craft throughout the phrases of influential artists whose lives, paintings, and concepts have formed the sphere. Editors Vicki Halper and Diane Douglas build an anecdotal narrative that examines the post-World warfare II improvement of recent craft, which got here of age along modernist portray and sculpture and was once enormously motivated by way of them in addition to via conventional and business practices. The anthology is prepared based on 4 actions that flooring a certified existence in craft—inspiration, education, economics, and philosophy. Halper and Douglas mined a large choice of assets for his or her fabric, together with artists' released writings, letters, magazine entries, exhibition statements, lecture notes, and oral histories. The exact checklist they gathered finds craft's dynamic relationships with portray, sculpture, layout, undefined, people and ethnic traditions, pastime craft, and political and social events. jointly, those reflections shape a social background of craft. opting for Craft eventually bargains artists' writings and memories as very important and brilliant facts that deserve common research as a chief source for these attracted to the yankee paintings shape.

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Painting and sculpture. I mean, painting is just hopeless, as far as I’m concerned. This is theoretic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The act of designing it myself is very important, but also the idea that art would justify itself with the functional element was very important. And misguided but very important. Partly as a reaction against the academicness of art at that time—it started around that time, around 1970 or late 1960s. I don’t know. After the minimal and conceptual and pop generation, it all kind of seemed to end.

He now combines ancient art forms with imagery that is contemporary, urban, and political. I first began studying Mimbres pottery in grad school. All through art school at Parsons, and even in UCLA, there were debates on whether craft is art and whether Indian art is outside mainstream culture. I was being driven into my shell. But I became determined to be Indian and to do Indian art. I decided to show people that Indian art is a high craft, and that it can also be intellectual. At first I approached it through the vessel.

I was melting silver glass in the small tank on the left and the main crystal tank is on the I N T E G R AT I N G A R T A N D L I F E 15 right. If you wonder what I was doing at my studio at 3:00 in the morning, you have to realize that I live here too. People often ask me how many hours a day or how many days a week do I work, and I have no idea. It is the kind of thing where I blow a piece of glass, hang out the laundry, blow a piece of glass, write a letter, blow a piece of glass, fix the lawn mower.

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