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The invention of craft

Author: Glenn Adamson
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn Adamson
ISBN: 9780857850645 0857850644 9780857850669 0857850660
OCLC Number: 829233461
Description: xxv, 243 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Manipulation --
Mystery --
Mechanical --
Memory --
Index. Manipulation --
Mystery --
Mechanical --
Memory.
Responsibility: Glenn Adamson.

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Glenn Adamson extends his ongoing theoretical discussion of skilled work back in time and across numerous disciplines, searching out the origins of modern craft. Locating its emergence in the period  Read more...

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[An] engaging, provocative book Summer Books Guide 'books of the year', Financial Times Glenn Adamson, a curator at the V&A in London, who I think is the best writer on craft since Peter Dormer, is Read more...

 
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