A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression

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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. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society, says Risatti; otherwise it will be...

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Overview

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. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society, says Risatti; otherwise it will be absorbed by fine art or design, and its singular approach to understanding the world will be lost.

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Editorial Reviews

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Destined to become required reading for undergraduate and graduate courses in art and craft history. . . . A book worth waiting for.—Ceramics Monthly

Howard Risatti offers a very palatable narrative in A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression. Risatti dives headfirst into the craft versus art and design argument, peeling back the layers to understand the most basic definitions, functions and history of craft.—Arts Reader

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This scholarly work lays out reasons for the historical dichotomy in Western philosophy between fine art and craft. Risatti (art history, emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.; Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art) argues that aesthetic standards for craft separate from those of the traditional fine arts are necessary for craft to receive the status it deserves in the art community. He points out that non-Western traditional societies don't make such distinctions and that their artwork is a functioning part of daily life. Since fine craftworks in the marketplace now approach the prices paid for fine art, this is a problem that may be solving itself. Suitable for academic art libraries.


—Constance Ashmore Fairchild
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469600901
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 818,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.

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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

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