Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection

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This glorious volume presents one of the best-known collections of contemporary studio crafts, assembled by Dorothy and George Saxe of California. Although it is especially noted for its comprehensive assemblage of studio glass, the collection also includes important works, mostly from the last decade, in the other craft media - ceramics, textiles, wood, and metalwork. Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection is an unmatched resource for those interested in studio crafts, including as it does a separate essay on each medium by a leading authority, detailing its postwar history and surveying the major artists, collectors, dealers, institutions, exhibitions, and publications involved in each.
The essay on studio glass is by Susanne K. Frantz, Head of the Curatorial Department at The Corning Museum of Glass; on ceramics by Martha Drexler Lynn, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; on fiber arts by Jane Fassett Brite, Director and Curator, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts; on wood by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Associate Professor of American Decorative Arts at Yale Universi- ty; and on metalwork and jewelry by Laurie A. Stein, Curator of the Werkbund-Archiv, Berlin. Davira S. Taragin, Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Glass at The Toledo Museum of Art, contri- butes essays on the Saxe Collection and on the flowering of studio crafts in the postwar period, as well as an extended interview with Helen W. Drutt English, legendary curator, historian, dealer, collector, and doyenne of the studio craft movement in America. Part of the Saxe collection was recently given to The Toledo Museum of Art, which organized an exhibition of 123 objects by 98 artists. Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection reproduces each of these objects in full color and provides a thumbnail biographical sketch of each artist. The exhibition also travels to The Saint Louis Art Museum; the Newport Harbor Art Museum, California; and the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Editor: Hudson Hills Press Toledo Museum of Art
Language: English

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