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Adamson, Glenn

Works: 180 works in 439 publications in 4 languages and 10,610 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Biography  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, wst, Curator, Other, Interviewer, Collector, wat
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California design, 1930-1965 : living in a modern way by California design 1930-1965( )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects photographs and posters that highlight the Californian design from 1930 to 1965
Postmodernism : style and subversion, 1970-1990 by London. Victoria and Albert Museum( Book )

19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The radical ideas associated with postmodernism swept through the arts in the 1970s, but have always been hard to summarise. This book presents the movement as not merely an aesthetic vocabulary, but also as a subversive attitude - a new way of looking at the world
Industrial strength design : how Brooks Stevens shaped your world by Glenn Adamson( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book documents the work of designer Brooks Stevens. It includes 250 illustrations of designs by Stevens and his firm, many in color, detailed studies of individual designs, interpretative essays, and several key writings by Stevens himself
Global design history( )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and Italian and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Globalism is often discussed using abstract terms, such as 'networks' or 'flows' and usually in relation to recent history. Global Design History moves us past this limited view of globalism, broadening our sense of this key term in history and theory. Individual chapters focus our attention on objects, and the stories they can tell us about cultural interactions on a global scale. They place these concrete things into contexts, such as trade, empire, mediation, and various forms of design practice."--Jacket
The craft reader by Glenn Adamson( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in English and Danish and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the canonical texts of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the radical thinking of today's "DIY" movement, from theoretical writings on the position of craft in distinction to Art and Design to how-to texts from renowned practitioners, from feminist histories of textiles to descriptions of the innovation born of necessity in Soviet factories and African auto-repair shops, The Craft Reader presents the first comprehensive anthology of writings on modern craft. Covering the period from the Industrial Revolution to today, the Reader draws on craft practice and theory from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The world of craft is considered in its full breadth -- from pottery and weaving, to couture and chocolate-making, to contemporary art, architecture and curation. The writings are themed into sections and all extracts are individually introduced, placing each in its historical, cultural and artistic context. Bringing together an astonishing range of both classic and contemporary texts, The Craft Reader will be invaluable to any student or practitioner of Craft and also to readers in Art and Design."--Provided by publisher
Thinking through craft by Glenn Adamson( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an introduction to the way that artists working in all media think about craft. Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively makes a case for defining craft in a more nuanced fashion
Crafting modernism : midcentury American art and design by Crafting Modernism( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design is an in-depth examination of the American studio craft movement in the decades following World War II, with a focus on the major mediums (clay, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, and glass) favored by the greatest craftspeople of the period. Published to coincide with an exhibition opening in October 2011 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, this book explores the origins of the studio craft movement, the international influences that helped it grow in this country and abroad, and its convergence with the fine arts and design. This examination of the movement in the postwar years reveals how a new generation of craftspeople began to express cultural identity and artistic innovation through their work, which led to a proliferation of the craft movement in museums and exhibitions worldwide. A few of the many artists represented include Dale Chihuly, Charles and Ray Eames, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, and Peter Voulkos. -- Book Description
The invention of craft by Glenn Adamson( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Glenn Adamson's last book, Thinking Through Craft, offered an influential account of craft's position within modern and contemporary art. Now, in his engaging sequel, The Invention of Craft, his theoretical discussion of skilled work is extended back in time and across numerous disciplines. Adamson searches out the origins of modern craft, locating its emergence in the period of the industrial revolution. He demonstrates how craft was invented as industry's "other", a necessary counterpart to ideas of progress and upheaval. In the process, the magical and secretive culture of artisans was gradually dominated through division and explication. This left craft with an oppositional stance, a traditional or anti-modern position. The Invention of Craft ranges widely across media, from lock-making, wood-carving and iron-casting to fashion, architecture and design. It also moves back and forth between periods, from the 18th century to the present day, demonstrating how contemporary practice can be informed through the study of modern craft in its moment of invention"--
Shifting paradigms in contemporary ceramics : the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio collection by Garth Clark( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and Norwegian and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grant Wood : American Gothic and other fables by Barbara Haskell( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social and political climate in which Wood's art flourished bears certain striking similarities to America today, as national identity and the tension between urban and rural areas reemerge as polarizing issues in a country facing the consequences of globalization and the technological revolution. Wood portrayed the tension and alienation of contemporary experience. By fusing meticulously observed reality with fables of childhood, he crafted unsettling images of estrangement and apprehension that pictorially manifest the anxiety of modern life
Art in the making : artists and their materials from the studio to crowdsourcing by Glenn Adamson( Book )

15 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Today, artists are able to create using multiple methods of production--from painting to digital technologies to crowdsourcing--some of which would have been unheard of just a few decades ago. Yet, even as our means of making art become more extraordinary and diverse, they are almost never addressed in their specificity. While critics and viewers tend to focus on the finished products we see in museums and galleries, authors Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson argue that the materials and processes behind the scenes used to make artworks are also vital to current considerations of authorship and to understanding the economic and social contexts from which art emerges. This wide-ranging exploration of different methods and media in art since the 1950s includes nine chapters that focus on individual processes of making: Painting, Woodworking, Building, Performing, Tooling Up, Cashing In, Fabricating, Digitizing, and Crowdsourcing. Detailed examples are interwoven with the discussion, including visuals that reveal the intricacies of techniques and materials. Artists featured include Ai Weiwei, Alice Aycock, Isa Genzken, Los Carpinteros, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Santiago Sierra, and Rachel Whiteread."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Fewer, better things : the hidden wisdom of objects by Glenn Adamson( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the former director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, a timely and passionate case for the role of the well-designed object in the digital age. Curator and scholar Glenn Adamson opens Fewer, Better Things by contrasting his beloved childhood teddy bear to the smartphones and digital tablets children have today. He laments that many children and adults are losing touch with the material objects that have nurtured human development for thousands of years. The objects are still here, but we seem to care less and know less about them. In his presentations to groups, he often asks an audience member what he or she knows about the chair the person is sitting in. Few people know much more than whether it's made of wood, plastic, or metal. If we know little about how things are made, it's hard to remain connected to the world around us. Fewer, Better Things explores the history of craft in its many forms, explaining how raw materials, tools, design, and technique come together to produce beauty and utility in handmade or manufactured items. Whether describing the implements used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, the use of woodworking tools, or the use of new fabrication technologies, Adamson writes expertly and lovingly about the aesthetics of objects, and the care and attention that goes into producing them. Reading this wise and elegant book is a truly transformative experience."--
Contemporary studio case furniture : the inside story by Virginia T Boyd( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Things of beauty growing : British studio pottery by Things of beauty growing( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel--such as bowl, vase, and charger--that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers"--
Wood turning in North America since 1930( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gord Peteran : furniture meets its maker by Glenn Adamson( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gord Peteran, an artist living in Toronto, has been designing site-specific works of public art and furniture for the past 25 years. His innovative work has been shown in many exhibition in the U.S. and Canada. Peteran describes woodworking and metalworking as his "paints and brushes. They possess the appropriate physical resistance and wield the kind of sensual, visual impact that allow my investigations to become real." Gord Peteran: Furniture meets its Maker catalogs the first large exhibit of his work, traveling from Milwaukee to four other museums in the U.S. and Canada. -- From
Hand + made : the performative impulse in art and craft by Valerie Cassel Oliver( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voulkos : the breakthrough years by Peter Voulkos( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years' is the first monograph in over 20 years on the artist Peter Voulkos. Covering the most prolific span of Voulkos career, from the early 1950s to the 1970s, this book includes both his well-known ceramic works as well as his largely overlooked paintings. While Voulkos work has most often been discussed in relation to the practice of ceramics, the writers in this book explore the artist s work through the scope of art history and in a contemporary light. In addition to engaging with the breakthrough years of Voulkos practice, a focus is also put on his legacy today, as numerous artists explore the expressive language of clay that he helped to re-invent. The book includes texts from writers Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director at The Getty Research Institute; and Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art at UC Santa Barbara. Published in collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Design, New York."--
Anne Wilson : wind/rewind/weave( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scale by Glenn Adamson( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scale is perhaps the most spectacularly overlooked aspect of artistic production. As photographic and digital reproductions have essentially dematerialized art, critical and historical research dealing with scale--both within the American critical tradition and abroad--has become scattered and insufficiently theorized. However, by posing a specific challenge, such research forces a heightened recognition of both the properties of materials and the deep technical knowledge of makers. A reconsideration of scalar relationships in American art and visual culture therefore reveals original insights. Scale is the second volume in the Terra Foundation Essays series. With eighty color illustrations and a wealth of new research from Glenn Adamson, Wendy Bellion, Wouter Davidts, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Christopher P. Heuer, Joshua G. Stein, and Jason Weems, it explores viewers' physical relationship to Barnett Newman's abstract canvases, the arduous engineering behind the creation of Mount Rushmore, and the charged significance of liberty poles in the landscape of eighteenth-century New York, among other topics that range from studies of specific works of art to significant conceptual and theoretical concerns. -- publisher's statement
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Postmodernism : style and subversion, 1970-1990
Industrial strength design : how Brooks Stevens shaped your worldGlobal design historyThe craft readerThinking through craftCrafting modernism : midcentury American art and designContemporary studio case furniture : the inside storyWood turning in North America since 1930Gord Peteran : furniture meets its makerHand + made : the performative impulse in art and craft
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아담슨, 글렌