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June/July 2008

Volume #: 
68
Issue #: 
3

Issue Articles

Viktor Schreckengost, one of the greatest industrial designers of the 20th century, died January 26 in Tallahassee, Florida, at 101 years old.

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"We have this incredible opportunity in cities for the bicycle to be a realistic and practical form of transportation-fast, easy, convenient, fun," says 34-year-old Ezra Caldwell, whose custom bike-building business, Fast Boy Cycles, in New York City, offers both a joyful ride and a thing of beauty.

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Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, Georgia
March 1 – May 18, 2008

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Edited by Dean and Geraldine Schwarz
South Bear Press
Decorah, Iowa
$75

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By Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Cornelie Holzach & Jutta-Annette Page
Arnoldsche Art Publishers, with Museum of Arts & Design, New York, and Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
$60

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In 2006, Rebecca Cross decided to do something "more engaged with the world." 

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Elmhurst Art Museum
Cat Chow: Speak Softly
Elmhurst, Illinois
April 19-July 13, 2008

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Works Gallery
Ron Meyers
May 2-June 15, 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Every day, in the small, pic­turesque village of Essex, Connecticut, the glass artists Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool send their two daughters off to school, enter their non­descript 1,700-square-foot studio and work side by side until the children return at 3:00 p.m.

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I've always thought of architecture as one of the great American crafts. As a former editor of the design magazine Dwell, where we explored almost every feasible iteration of prefabricated architecture, I was continually amazed at how stubborn the architectural process was; it just seemed to innately reject industrialization.

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Potter and painter Henry Varnum Poor understood that building a house might bring
him fame, but could he have foreseen that his home might restore his artistic legacy?

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Robert Brady
Trained and triumphant in ceramics, Brady took a risky segue into wood and now enjoys a rewarding career in two media.

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Laurel Porcari sculpts architectural glass in her New Orleans studio. Glass requires technique and some heavy lifting. It is a hot, physically demanding process. Porcari embeds drawings and textures in the medium. Asked to describe the kiln-formed works, she speaks conceptually about mapping and flow, about scale and place.

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Craft has become part of the vibrant cultural mix that makes Western Massachusetts such a hub of activity for residents and visitors alike.

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The artisanal urge-the fundamental human desire to make something with one's own hands-has never been so endangered as it is right now. Quite frankly, this is a situation that sends a chill down my spine. Consider the work of Jeff Koons, one of the most widely discussed and highly praised artists of the last 20 years.

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