GUESTCRITIC

BEYOND THE HORIZONS OF CRAFT
Diversity in the Global Art Market

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If the notion of “diversity” suggests the fostering of a variety of expressions on an equal footing, then in the visual arts our scrutiny would have to be directed toward the situation of craft.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: Craft Across Boundaries

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What is the place of craft in the global marketplace? It is hardly a new topic. In fact, handmade objects were once the world’s most important cultural ambassadors. Ceramics, textiles, and other goods traversed linguistic barriers in a way no written text could.

WHAT CRAFT IS MISSING: Conversation to Continue…

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A longtime volunteer at our museum recently expressed discomfort with the content of the current exhibition. She explained that as a third generation American, the way in which America is represented in the exhibition disturbed her. Surprised at her reaction, I applaud her for expressing her own view.

The Margin You Feel May Not Be Real

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Identify the act of making as a form of visual, tactile, and spatial speech. Art is made when the maker is willing to take a position in a dialogue larger than her own conscious ruminations.

WE ARE ALL CORALS NOW: A Crafty Yarn About Global Warming

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Stretching along the coast of Queensland, Australia, in a riotous profusion of color and form, the Great Barrier Reef is the first living thing that can be seen from outer space.

CORPOREAL IMPULSE: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay

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In an age where technology tends to form more physical detachments than connections, there is a cultural longing to experience something tangible and handmade.

Parallel Closets

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Patchwork quilts of polyester pants and feedsacks filled spare rooms in a rough-hewn house full of hand-carved cradles, toys, and cabinets with smooth poplar floors.

INCONVERSATION

CRAFTING OUT OF HAND
RON LABACO with Lowery Stokes Sims

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Out of Hand explores the role that digital fabrication, or computer-assisted manufacturing, has played in our built world, in art, design, and architecture since 2005.

THE POTTER IS PRESENT
Alex Matisse’s Creative Cycle of Intention, Accident, and Community

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Snow. An old black dog. A worn white house tucked into a mountain valley. Across a small field, flames rocket upward from the brick chimney of a massive wood fired kiln protected by a shed roof. The red-orange flare means East Fork Pottery is in the midst of a firing, a seven day cycle of heat, smoke, and gradual cooling that produces over 1,000 pots ranging from monumental forms and dynamically patterned chargers to simple vases, bowls, and cups.

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APR 2014

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