Synopses & Reviews
In the mid-20th century, ceramics evolved from a utilitarian craft or therapeutic hobby into a well-recognized fine art that continues to occupy a place in todayandrsquo;s art world. In this pioneering study, leading scholar Martha Drexler Lynn explores how and why this shift occurred by examining the pivotal period for the maturation of American studio ceramics. Lynn traces critical developments in ceramics education, exhibition, patronage, and technology from 1940 to 1979, as magazines dedicated to the practice appeared, institutional support flourished, audiences grew, and star artists emerged.
The most in-depth history of American studio ceramics to date, this book is the first to fully explore the works of art alongside the societal trends that shaped them and the organizations that propelled the movement. Lynn considers the movementandrsquo;s fluctuation across geographic regions as well as stylistic responses to advances in technology and cultural influences from across the United States and abroad. and#160;Key patrons and practitioners such as Aileen Osborn Webb, Glen Lukens, Peter Voulkos, and Robert Arneson are featured alongside lesser-known figures.and#160; This groundbreaking volume illustrates how studio ceramics came to define itself and challenged the boundaries between fine art and craft.and#160; It will be a definitive resource on the movement for years to come.
In recent decades, glass sculpture has entered American museum collection in unprecedented numbers. A new phenomenon, this reflects new attitudes: an understanding that art-making occurs in glass as suitable for inclusion in museum collections.In this lavishly illustrated volume, Martha Drexler Lynn takes the reader on a tour of glass sculpture in American museums. She covers 26 permanent collections across the U.S., including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her survey of these museums reveals their lively interest in glass as an artistic medium, despite an earlier modernist bias.Sculpture, Glass, and American Museums will appeal to collectors, museums, critics, and art historians. Covering the work of such artists as Christopher Wilmarth, Howard Ben Tre, Lynda Benglis, and Stanislav Libensky, Lynn paints a portrait of a medium that is rapidly becoming an indispensable component of contemporary museum collections.This publication was commissioned by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.
An illustrated tour and history of the most important glass sculpture collections in America, "Sculpture, Glass and American Museums" begins with an introduction to sculptural glass and discusses the growing willingness to see work in this medium as suitable for inclusion in museum collections.
A landmark survey of the formative years of American studio ceramics and the constellation of people, institutions, and events that propelled it from craft to fine art
This landmark book explores the formative years of the American studio ceramics movement and offers the most in-depth history to date of the people, institutions, and events that shaped it.
About the Author
Martha Drexler Lynn
is an independent scholar and former associate curator of decorative arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.