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Skilled Work: American Craft
Skilled Work: American Craft

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Published in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery, this volume presents the history and development of the gallery while celebrating modern craft as an art form. Trapp, the curator-in-charge, retrospectively describes the restoration of the building, the process of defining the gallery's mission, and the inaugural exhibitions while highlighting the contributions of his predecessors and the James Renwick Alliance. Risatti (art history, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.) explores craft as a genuine form of artistic expression, discussing it from the perspectives of form and function. Some 104 color plates comprise a photographic gallery of the clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood creations of 65 artists, including Anni Alberts, Dale Chihuly, Albert Paley, and Larry Fuente. The book includes a chronology of the gallery and the James Renwick Alliance, as well as brief biographies of the artists.

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