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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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Kenneth R. Trapp

Preface

Introduction

Part I: Practical-Functional Arts and the Uniqueness of Craft: Questions about Terminology

1 Purpose, Use, and Function

2 Taxonomy of Craft Based on Applied Function

3 Different Applied Functions: Tools and Craft Objects

4 Comparing Machines, Tools, and Craft Objects

5 Purpose and Physiological Necessity in Craft

6 Nature and the Origin of Craft Objects

Part II: Craft and Fine Art

7 What Are the Fine Arts and What Do They Do?

8 Social Convention versus Physical Necessity

9 Craft, Fine Art, and Nature

10 Technical Knowledge and Technical Manual Skill

11 Hand and Body in Relation to Craft

12 Hand and Body in Relation to Fine Art

13 Physicality versus Opticality

14 Thingness of the Thing

Part III: Issues of Craft and Design

15 Material and Manual Skill

16 Design, Workmanship, and Craftsmanship

17 Craftsman versus Designer

18 Implications of Craft and Design

19 Hand, Machine, and Material

Part IV: Aesthetic Objects and Aesthetic Images

20 A Historical Perspective of Craft and Aesthetic Theory

21 Aesthetics and the Function/Nonfunction Dichotomy

22 Kant and Purpose in Fine Art

23 Fine Craft, Fine Art, Fine Design

24 Intentionality, Meaning, and the Aesthetic

25 Beauty, Contemplation, and the Aesthetic Dimension

26 How Aesthetic Contemplation Operates

27 Development of the Critical Objects of Studio Craft

Postscript

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781469600901
Author:
Risatti, Howard
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
General Crafts & Hobbies
Subject:
handmade ceramics
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Glass
Subject:
Metal Work
Subject:
Weaving
Subject:
handmade furniture
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painting sculpture
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
machine-made design
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Bauhaus
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the Memphis Studio
Subject:
Mark Rosenbaum
Subject:
Marcel Duchamp
Subject:
Howard Ben Tre
Subject:
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray
Subject:
Robert Rauschenberg
Subject:
Suk-Jin Choi
Subject:
Mies van der Rohe
Subject:
Sam Maloof
Subject:
Richard Marquis
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Pablo Picasso
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Georg Simmel
Subject:
Gottfried Semper
Subject:
Edmund Husserl
Subject:
Rene Descartes
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Martin Heidegger
Subject:
Ferdinand de Saussure
Subject:
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Subject:
Immanuel Kant
Subject:
craft and function
Subject:
applied arts
Subject:
fine arts design
Subject:
fine art aesthetic theory
Subject:
utilitarian objects
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
ark Rosenbaum
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Sam Maloo
Subject:
F-
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 in

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