Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Exquisitely photographed and beautifully designed, this complementary catalog of America's finest studio furniture highlights 84 pieces from the ... Show synopsis Exquisitely photographed and beautifully designed, this complementary catalog of America's finest studio furniture highlights 84 pieces from the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. Inside, the pages reveal the importance of wooden furniture in the modern American craft arena, and how first- and second-generation artists shaped the studio furniture movement. Artist statements accompany gorgeous photography of the Renwick collection and provide insight into the makers' training and professional experience, theories on art, artistic techniques, and even personal inspirations. Such artists include the patriarch of studio furniture, Wharton Esherick, and Wendle Castle, the maker of the most popular piece among gallery visitors--the infamous Ghost Clock. The treasures of the Renwick collection--Judy's McKee's "Monkey Settee," Sam Maloof's "Rocking Chair," John Cederquist's "Ghost Boy," and George Nakashima's "Conoid Bench"--are also included among the many pieces from makers whose work is functional, artistic, and of the finest craftsmanship.