A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Sep 15, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 352 pages
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What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In A Theory of Craft, Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft as uniquely blending function with a deeper expression of human values that transcend culture, time, and space. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society, says Risatti; otherwise it will be absorbed by fine art or design, and its singular approach to understanding the world will be lost.

 

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This scholarly work lays out reasons for the historical dichotomy in Western philosophy between fine art and craft. Risatti (art history, emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.; Postmodern Perspectives ... Read full review

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A long winded personal view of the world of arts filled with informal falacies. The author redefines terms with his own reductive reasoning from premises he invents. The author presents an an extra complex theory to make his points more weighty.

Contents

Introduction
1
PracticalFunctional Arts and the Uniqueness of Craft Questions about Terminology
13
Craft and Fine Art
67
Issues of Craft and Design
151
Aesthetic Objects and Aesthetic Images
207
Postscript
303
Bibliography
307
Index
317
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Howard Risatti is professor emeritus of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University. His four previous books include Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery and Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art.

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