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A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression
A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression
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A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression

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Author: Risatti, Howard

Brand: The University of North Carolina Press

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 346

Release Date: 01-02-2013

Details: Product Description What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In A Theory of Craft, Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft as uniquely blending function with a deeper expression of human values that transcend culture, time, and space. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society, says Risatti; otherwise it will be absorbed by fine art or design, and its singular approach to understanding the world will be lost. Review [ A Theory of Craft] lays out reasons for the historical dichotomy in Western philosophy between fine art and crafts.-- Library Journal A well-organized argument for the consideration of craft as art and its elevation in status. . . . An important contribution to the field of contemporary craft activity and its contributions.-- Wintherthur Portfolio Destined to become required reading for undergraduate and graduate courses in art and craft history. . . . A book worth waiting for.-- Ceramics Monthly Howard Risatti offers a very palatable narrative in A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression. Risatti dives headfirst into the craft versus art and design argument, peeling back the layers to understand the most basic definitions, functions and history of craft.-- Arts Reader Risatti has long been ahead of the curve in regards to bridging the art/craft divide. . . . A tantalizingly broad argument for craft's relevance.-- Surface Design Journal With a writing style that is direct and engaging, Risatti examines the value of the handmade in an age of mass-production and constructs a critical framework for evaluating the place of craft media in today's art environment.-- FiberArts From the Inside Flap What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In A Theory of Craft, Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft as uniquely blending function with a deeper expression of human values that transcend culture, time, and space. From the Back Cover What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In A Theory of Craft, Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft as uniquely blending function with a deeper expression of human values that transcend culture, time, and space. About the Author <strong>Howard Risatti</strong> is professor emeritus of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University, UAS. His four previous books include <em>Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery</em> and <em>Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art.</em>

Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches

Languages: English