40 under 40


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Craft Futures

Nicholas R. Bell; With contributions by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Bernard L. Herman, and Michael J. Prokopow, and a foreword by Douglas Copeland

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In this beautifully illustrated volume, published in celebration of the Renwick Gallery's fortieth anniversary, author Nicholas Bell highlights forty artists (all under the age of forty) actively engaged in creating objects that are transforming contemporary craft. 40 Under 40 investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion, and sustainable manufacturing. Viewing craft's heritage as a set of flexible tools rather than a rigid structure, Bell shows how this exciting group of young artists has produced work that not only breaks boundaries, but also uses an expanded conceptual framework, establishing craft's important role in the world of contemporary art and culture today.

Distributed for the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibition Schedule:

Smithsonian American Art Museum(07/20/12–02/3/13)

Nicholas R. Bell is the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.


Smithsonian American Art Museum(07/20/12–02/3/13)

ISBN: 9780300187977
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Smithsonian American Art Museum
260 pages, 10 x 12
300 color illus.
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