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White House Collection of American Crafts

Monroe, Michael G.

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ISBN 10: 0810940353 / ISBN 13: 9780810940352
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York, 1995
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128, color illus., checklist of the exhibition, biographies of the artists. This book was published to accompany an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, April 28, 1995 through September 4, 1995. Opening statement by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Michael W. Monroe, Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, selected this collection of fine contemporary crafts specifically for the interiors of the White House, to be viewed and admired alongside the works of the past. This volume features 92 full-color photographs--some showcasing the pieces in the private quarters and public spaces of the White House--taken expressly for this book by John Bigelow Taylor. In addition to an introduction to the collection and commentaries on each piece by Michael Monroe, the book includes an essay on the significance and cultural value of crafts by Barbaralee Diamonstein, a foreword by Elizabeth Broun, Director of the National Museum of American Art, and brief biographies of each artist. Bookseller Inventory # 41136

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Title: White House Collection of American Crafts

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Illustrator: John Bigelow Taylor

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First? Edition. First? Printing.

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Michael W. Monroe, Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, selected this collection of fine contemporary crafts specifically for the interiors of the White House, to be viewed and admired alongside the works of the past.
Prepared in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art, this volume features ninety-two full-color photographs - some showcasing the pieces in the private quarters and public spaces of the White House - taken expressly for this book by John Bigelow Taylor. In addition to an introduction to the collection and commentaries on each piece by Michael Monroe, the book includes an essay on the significance and cultural value of crafts by Barbaralee Diamonstein, a foreword by Elizabeth Broun, Director of the National Museum of American Art, and brief biographies of each artist.

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Just as some people dismiss antiques and collectibles as secondhand recyclables, many others perceive American crafts as newfangled objects. But a thing of beauty, regardless of origin, is a joy forever, and preserved for generations to come in this paean to U.S. artisans represented in the White House Collection of American Crafts. Seventy-seven practitioners in glass, metal, ceramic, fiber, and wood were asked to contribute a piece or two illustrative of their repertoire. Informative essays by Monroe, Barbaralee Diamonstein, and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton set the stage for a dazzling array of color photographs showcasing 72 items, from a clock and teapots to a fabric sculpture ("man in lion costume" ) and quilts. For each object, Monroe provides a brief description of the artist's intent as well as of the piece's medium, dimensions, etc. Barbara Jacobs

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