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Adamson, Glenn

Works: 121 works in 306 publications in 3 languages and 8,648 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, wst, Interviewer, Other, wat
Classifications: NX456.5.P66, 745.5
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Postmodernism : style and subversion, 1970-1990 by Glenn Adamson( Book )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The radical ideas associated with postmodernism swept through the arts in the 1970s, but have always been hard to summarise. This book presents the movement as not merely an aesthetic vocabulary, but also as a subversive attitude - a new way of looking at the world
Industrial strength design : how Brooks Stevens shaped your world by Glenn Adamson( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book documents the work of designer Brooks Stevens. It includes 250 illustrations of designs by Stevens and his firm, many in color, detailed studies of individual designs, interpretative essays, and several key writings by Stevens himself
California design, 1930-1965 : living in a modern way( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects photographs and posters that highlight the Californian design from 1930 to 1965
Thinking through craft by Glenn Adamson( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an introduction to the way that artists working in all media think about craft. Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively makes a case for defining craft in a more nuanced fashion
The craft reader by Glenn Adamson( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the canonical texts of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the radical thinking of today's "DIY" movement, from theoretical writings on the position of craft in distinction to Art and Design to how-to texts from renowned practitioners, from feminist histories of textiles to descriptions of the innovation born of necessity in Soviet factories and African auto-repair shops, The Craft Reader presents the first comprehensive anthology of writings on modern craft. Covering the period from the Industrial Revolution to today, the Reader draws on craft practice and theory from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The world of craft is considered in its full breadth -- from pottery and weaving, to couture and chocolate-making, to contemporary art, architecture and curation. The writings are themed into sections and all extracts are individually introduced, placing each in its historical, cultural and artistic context. Bringing together an astonishing range of both classic and contemporary texts, The Craft Reader will be invaluable to any student or practitioner of Craft and also to readers in Art and Design."--Provided by publisher
Crafting modernism : midcentury American art and design( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design is an in-depth examination of the American studio craft movement in the decades following World War II, with a focus on the major mediums (clay, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, and glass) favored by the greatest craftspeople of the period. Published to coincide with an exhibition opening in October 2011 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, this book explores the origins of the studio craft movement, the international influences that helped it grow in this country and abroad, and its convergence with the fine arts and design. This examination of the movement in the postwar years reveals how a new generation of craftspeople began to express cultural identity and artistic innovation through their work, which led to a proliferation of the craft movement in museums and exhibitions worldwide. A few of the many artists represented include Dale Chihuly, Charles and Ray Eames, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, and Peter Voulkos. -- Book Description
Shifting paradigms in contemporary ceramics : the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio collection by Garth Clark( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invention of craft by Glenn Adamson( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Glenn Adamson's last book, Thinking Through Craft, offered an influential account of craft's position within modern and contemporary art. Now, in his engaging sequel, The Invention of Craft, his theoretical discussion of skilled work is extended back in time and across numerous disciplines. Adamson searches out the origins of modern craft, locating its emergence in the period of the industrial revolution. He demonstrates how craft was invented as industry's "other", a necessary counterpart to ideas of progress and upheaval. In the process, the magical and secretive culture of artisans was gradually dominated through division and explication. This left craft with an oppositional stance, a traditional or anti-modern position. The Invention of Craft ranges widely across media, from lock-making, wood-carving and iron-casting to fashion, architecture and design. It also moves back and forth between periods, from the 18th century to the present day, demonstrating how contemporary practice can be informed through the study of modern craft in its moment of invention"--
Art in the making : artists and their materials from the studio to crowdsourcing by Glenn Adamson( Book )

13 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Today, artists are able to create using multiple methods of production--from painting to digital technologies to crowdsourcing--some of which would have been unheard of just a few decades ago. Yet, even as our means of making art become more extraordinary and diverse, they are almost never addressed in their specificity. While critics and viewers tend to focus on the finished products we see in museums and galleries, authors Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson argue that the materials and processes behind the scenes used to make artworks are also vital to current considerations of authorship and to understanding the economic and social contexts from which art emerges. This wide-ranging exploration of different methods and media in art since the 1950s includes nine chapters that focus on individual processes of making: Painting, Woodworking, Building, Performing, Tooling Up, Cashing In, Fabricating, Digitizing, and Crowdsourcing. Detailed examples are interwoven with the discussion, including visuals that reveal the intricacies of techniques and materials. Artists featured include Ai Weiwei, Alice Aycock, Isa Genzken, Los Carpinteros, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Santiago Sierra, and Rachel Whiteread." -- Publisher's description
Global design history( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Italian and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Globalism is often discussed using abstract terms, such as 'networks' or 'flows' and usually in relation to recent history. Global Design History moves us past this limited view of globalism, broadening our sense of this key term in history and theory. Individual chapters focus our attention on objects, and the stories they can tell us about cultural interactions on a global scale. They place these concrete things into contexts, such as trade, empire, mediation, and various forms of design practice."--Jacket
Contemporary studio case furniture : the inside story by Virginia T Boyd( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wood turning in North America since 1930( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gord Peteran : furniture meets its maker by Glenn Adamson( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hand + made : the performative impulse in art and craft by Valerie Cassel Oliver( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne Wilson : wind/rewind/weave by Anne Wilson( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surface tensions : surface, finish and the meaning of objects( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surfaces are often held to be of lesser consequence than 'deeper' or more 'substantive' aspects of artworks and objects. Yet it is also possible to conceive of the surface in more positive terms: as a site where complex forces meet. Surfaces can be theorized as membranes, protective shells, sensitive skins, even thicknesses in their own right. The surface is not so much a barrier to content as an opportunity for encounter: in new objects, the surface is the site of qualities of finish, texture, the site of tactile interaction, the last point of contact between object and maker, and the first point of contact between object and user. This book includes sixteen essays that explore this theoretically uncharted terrain. The subjects range widely: domestic maintenance; avant-garde fashion; the faking of antiques; postmodern architecture and design; contemporary film costume. Of particular emphasis within the volume are textiles, which are among the most complex and culturally rich materialisations of surface
Don't art fashion music by Chicks on Speed( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This highly innovative and original book documents the dynamic art group Chicks on Speeds' recent Objeckt Instruments project and 2010 exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Chicks on Speed (COS) are known globally for their hybrid and chaotic aesthetic that encompasses music (including electronica), performance art, record publishing, collage, graphic design, painting, 'objekt instruments', film and fashion; an ever-changing multidisciplinary art group who apply a punk-inspired DIY ethic to blur the lines between art, craft, fashion and music. This latest endeavor is the result of collaborations between international artists, scientists, and designers, including Turner Prizewinner Douglas Gordon. These artistic dialogues, technical innovations, and craft experiments have produced fantastical creations, including a high-heeled shoe guitar worn by Lady Gaga, a cigar-box orchestra, and a theremin tapestry, all documented in lush colorfrom developmental inception to public display. The book includes an introduction by Judith Winter and a revealing conversation with Chicks on Speed about their art and process."
An inaugural gift : the Founders' Circle collection( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Evans : crossing boundaries and crafting modernism( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using his welding, metallurgy, and jewelry design skills, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) established a reputation as a creative designer of unique sculpted metal furniture. Constantly experimenting with new materials, technologies, and designs, his shop operated much like an industrial laboratory, and his highly innovative experimental approaches to metal have attracted an international following, especially over the past decade. This first comprehensive survey of Paul Evans's work will document Evans's role in the midcentury American studio furniture movement, his approach to furniture as sculpture and abstract composition, and his unremitting new approaches to metal. Opening at the Michener and then traveling to Cranbrook Art Museum, 'Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism' will be comprised of some sixty-five works, spanning the artist's entire career with choice examples of Evans's early metalwork and jewelry, collaborative pieces made by Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell during the fifties when they shared a studio, as well as a comprehensive selection of Evans's studio work representing his sculpted steel; verdigris copper; copper, bronze and pewter; argenté sculpted bronze, and cityscape techniques. The show will also include examples of Evans's sculpture as well as a selection of work he produced for Directional Furniture Company.--
Voulkos : the breakthrough years by Peter Voulkos( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years' is the first monograph in over 20 years on the artist Peter Voulkos. Covering the most prolific span of Voulkos career, from the early 1950s to the 1970s, this book includes both his well-known ceramic works as well as his largely overlooked paintings. While Voulkos work has most often been discussed in relation to the practice of ceramics, the writers in this book explore the artist s work through the scope of art history and in a contemporary light. In addition to engaging with the breakthrough years of Voulkos practice, a focus is also put on his legacy today, as numerous artists explore the expressive language of clay that he helped to re-invent. The book includes texts from writers Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director at The Getty Research Institute; and Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art at UC Santa Barbara. Published in collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Design, New York."--
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Postmodernism : style and subversion, 1970-1990
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아담슨, 글렌

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Industrial strength design : how Brooks Stevens shaped your worldThinking through craftThe craft readerCrafting modernism : midcentury American art and designGlobal design historyContemporary studio case furniture : the inside storyWood turning in North America since 1930Gord Peteran : furniture meets its maker