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Essential Arts and Crafts - Karen Livingstone

Essential Arts and Crafts

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In Essential Arts and Crafts, Karen Livingstone explores the origins, myths, and multiplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement through some of its most ground-breaking works.

Encompassing painting and the Japanese Mingei (folk craft) movement, she subtly redefines and enlarges our understanding of Arts and Crafts, one of the seminal movements of the modern world.

The Arts and Crafts movement was one of the most far-reaching and influential design movements of modern times, changing the very way people thought about work and the home and producing some archetypal works that still have a strong appeal today.

In the work of designers such as C.R. Mackintosh, C.F.A.Voysey, Josef Hoffmann, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley and Bernard Leach we see the main concerns of Arts and Crafts played out across Europe, America and, later, Japan.

What inspired them all was a profound belief in social and industrial reform, the revival of handicrafts, a return to the simple.

About the Author

Karen Livingstone is Curator of the exhibition International Arts and Crafts, and a Research Fellow at the V&A. She is editor with Linda Parry of International Arts and Crafts (2005) and has contributed to several publications, including Design and the Decorative Arts : Britain 1500-1900 (2001) and the Persistence of Craft (2002).

The arts and crafts movementp. 20
Workshops and communitiesp. 33
The arts and crafts homep. 40
From East to West : arts and crafts in Americap. 47
The craftsman housep. 57
The Greene and Greene housep. 59
Germany and Austriap. 63
Hungary and Russiap. 69
Scandinaviap. 72
Gesamtkunstwerk : the home as a total work of artp. 77
Mingei : art of the peoplep. 82
A new generationp. 86
Homes for the middle classp. 89

ISBN: 9781851774470
ISBN-10: 1851774475
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st March 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 19.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1