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Arts and Crafts is Cactus, Hardback Book

Arts and Crafts is Cactus Hardback

Edited by Sabine Runde, Matthias Wagner K

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The term 'craftsmanship' is associated with individuality, uniqueness, decorative potential, artistic quality, attention to material and to process.

But what does craftsmanship mean today? This exhibition catalogue of nearly 600 pages explores the meaning of craftsmanship in the context of the outstanding collection of the Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany) in a monumental survey of 700 items dating from 1945 to the present.

Scale reproductions of plates, furniture, cutlery, jewellery and vases highlight their surprising variety of form.

In their essays, the ten authors take diverse approaches to the broad terrain of craftsmanship: from the relationship between East Asia and Western ceramics, via the handicrafts of the Romantic period, to the adventure that is arts and crafts today.

The title plays on the perceived parallel between the ability of the cactus to survive and thrive in adverse conditions, and the future of the hand-made object in an industrial world.

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