New Releases: Spring 2021

New Releases: Spring 2021

Fresh books and podcasts from the craft field.
Published on Friday, March 26, 2021. This article appears in the Spring 2021 issue of American Craft Magazine.
Spread from Objects USA 2020 book featuring Katie Stout

In Objects: USA 2020, historian and curator Glenn Adamson recontextualizes the seminal 1969 exhibition of the same name. The publication compliments and expands upon the Objects: USA 2020 exhibition on view at R & Company in New York through July 2020. Photo by Outside the Box Designs.

Objects: USA was not only a defining exhibition in the American studio craft movement when it occurred in 1969, but it also produced one of the most important exhibition catalogs of the time. Organized in response to the exhibition’s 50th anniversary, this publication revisits and reframes it in the context of the present moment. Adamson focuses on 50 of the original participants and pairs them with 50 contemporary artists—including Katie Stout, pictured above—who represent the future of the field. Learn more about the concurrent exhibition at R & Company.

OBJECTS: USA 2020
By Glenn Adamson
The Monacelli Press, 2020
$50

Objects USA 2020 book cover
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A LABOUR OF LOVE
By Lidewij Edelkoort & Philip Fimmano
Lecturis, 2020
$70

Reflecting on lessons gained during the past year, trend forecasters Edelkoort and Fimmano refocus on a more mindful and altruistic approach to design. Highlighting material practices centered in sustainability, the book is divided into 12 themes that introduce contemporary designers working at the intersection of handmade and technology.

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THE V&A BOOK OF COLOR IN DESIGN
Edited by Tim Travis
Thames & Hudson, 2020
$39.95

Through the lens of the extensive collection held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this publication explores the history and enduring significance of color as both a decorative enhancement and a deeply symbolic intention.

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OLGA DE AMARAL: TO WEAVE A ROCK
By Anna Walker & Laura Mott
Arnoldsche, 2020
$50

This first comprehensive publication of architect-turned-weaver Olga de Amaral’s work in the United States includes new essays that explore her artistic innovations, as well as her contributions to Latin American abstraction. The essays and work position Amaral among canonical figures of the same era, including Ruth Asawa and Christo.

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TRACE MATERIAL
Podcast
By Parsons Healthy Materials Lab at the New School

Across 12 in-depth episodes on one sustainable material each, the design research team at Parsons uncovers the history, environmental impacts, and cultural implications of the building blocks of making. Season one focuses on the super plant hemp.

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CREATE WELL
Podcast
By Raye Zaragoza and Erica Elan

With insightful interviews on topics such as rest, creating in solitude, and the “artist sigma,” Zaragoza and Elan inspire creative wellness of body, mind, and spirit.

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PRINTS AND THEIR MAKERS
By Phil Sanders
Princeton Architectural Press, 2020
$75

From the beginning, printmaking has been about multiplying and magnifying human stories. Using artist case studies and gorgeous contemporary and historical prints, Sanders amplifies the story of printmaking itself, exploring today’s fine art printmaking in the context of the traditions, techniques, and processes developed over centuries.

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