Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

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Rachael Grad
Oct 31, 2011
Great news for all the mid-century modern fans: The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle is showing a wonderful exhibition on your favorite era. The exhibition covers a 25-year period starting in the 1940s through 1969, and focuses on works that blur the boundaries between art, furniture design and craft.

Works in the exhibition are made of clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and alternative materials. I was fascinated by the artists, designers and artisans making mass-produced pieces look original and handmade.
I hadn't seen many works in this show, including a tiled mosaic coffee table (1949) by artist Lee Krasner.

Shown Above (clockwise from top left):
1. High Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman (after 1952) by Arieto (Harry) Bertoia.
2. Tiled mosaic coffee table (1949) by artist Lee Krasner.
3. Lounge Chair and Ottoman (1956) by Charles Eames
4. Small ceramic table, My Mu (1950) by Isamu Noguchi.

Visit Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, which is showing at The Museum of Arts and Design until January 15, 2012.

Images: Museum of Arts and Design

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