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Arts and Crafts is Cactus

Book  /  Arnoldsche   Artists   History   Essays
Published: 06.07.2022
Arts and Crafts is Cactus.
Editor:
Sabine Runde, Matthias Wagner K
Text by:
Nora von Achenbach, Rike Felka, Christiane Holm, Eva Linhart, Ellen Maurer Zilioli, Sabine Runde, Christina Schroeter-Herrel, Beatrijs Sterk, Christianne Weber-Stöber, Matthias Wagner K
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Edited on:
2022
Technical data:
588 pages, 23 x 31 cm, 2.600 ills. Hardcover. English / German
ISBN / ISSN:
ISBN 978-3-89790-653-2
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Inner pages of the book
. Claus Blury: Pendant,Pforzheim, DE, 1975; H 23.5 cm, 750 gold, 760 gold, acrylic glass (left) , Pendant Pforzheim, DE, 1974; H 24.6 cm 750 gold, 760 gold, 925 silver,  copper alloys, inlay (right).
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Claus Blury: Pendant,Pforzheim, DE, 1975; H 23.5 cm, 750 gold, 760 gold, acrylic glass (left) , Pendant Pforzheim, DE, 1974; H 24.6 cm 750 gold, 760 gold, 925 silver,  copper alloys, inlay (right)

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Intro
With its provocative title, Arts and Crafts is Cactus, the publication of the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt is a first presentation and reflection of its collection of arts and crafts from 1945 to the present day – a comprehensive representation on over 600 pages highlighting the multilayered subject from widely diverse perspectives.
The term ‘arts and crafts’ unites a broad spectrum of qualities and associations: beauty, artisanal and artistic workmanship, haptics, sensibility, uniqueness, individuality, and decorative potential, but also charm, play, and provocation. Residing as it does between ‘art’ and ‘crafts’, this compound term thus clearly distinguishes itself from ‘design’ and its exacting conception of industrially manufactured serial products.

Whereas previously craft was the only possible method of production, over the course of the Industrial Revolution it became the antipode in the form of mass production oriented towards profit. Today arts and crafts is about creating one-offs that lean towards not only function and decoration but also free, artistic objects – in one direction or the other, depending on individual predilection. Not coincidentally where arts and crafts are concerned, the various types of material – ceramic, glass, metal, wood, textile or paper – are of particular focus. It is thus a decidedly multifaceted and exciting field, whose unique qualities have yet to be dis- covered precisely on account of its pivotal positioning.

It is for this reason that the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt am Main set itself the task of exploring its own arts and crafts collection from the second half of the twentieth century. In doing so, the provocative ‘cactus’ in the publication’s title serves as an ironic metaphor for a perceived void at the threshold between arts and crafts, one that, as with this particular spiny survival artist, is not easy to grasp.

In well-researched essays, the authors convey the various perspectives of this broad terrain – from the connection between East Asian and Western ceramics, via the handiwork of the Romantic period, to considerations on contemporary works in jewellery, glass, and silver. The avenues of thought opened up in these essays form a theoretical kaleidoscopic mosaic, a multifaceted, unrestricted invitation to examine the wide domain of arts and crafts.

The texts are accompanied by almost 200 images of the works and 1:1 details along with their respective, explanatory texts. Views of the exhibition, for which this book was produced, further convey a picture of the diversity of the objects on show. The inventory catalogue is concluded with an index of the collection.

The skillful use of typography and insertions of different papers as well as the eclectic page layout makes this publication an aesthetic delight for the eyes too – a book object that invites discovery and will keep you reading till the very last page.

Graphic design: Sandra Doeller, Frankfurt am Main.


Contents
30  Arts and Crafts is Cactus A Preamble
      Matthias Wagner K
36  Arts and Crafts is …
      Sabine Runde
42  Arts and Crafts as Adventure
      Eva Linhart
53  The Collection since 1945 Special Selection
      Sabine Runde
456 From the Nimbus of the Luxurious to Sustainability – Contemporary Silver Design Mirrored by the Silver Triennial
       Christianne Weber-Stöber
460 God of Fire and Pandora –Thoughts on Contemporary Jewellery
       Ellen Maurer Zilioli
466 Textile Art since 1945
       Beatrijs Sterk
472 Glass, Breath, Meaning and Form – New Ways between Immateriality and Materiality, Fortuity and Construction
      Christina Schroeter-Herrel
478 One-offs
       Rike Felka
482 Handiwork of the Romantic Age – Between Artistic Value and an End in Itself
       Christiane Holm
486 The Transcendental Pot – East Asia And Western Ceramics
        Nora von Achenbach
493 The Collection since 1945 Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
        Sabine Runde
 
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. Selected artworks by Anton Frühauf. Displayed on the page on the right: Brooch and Brooch For Marianne Meran, IT, ca. 1973; W 7 / W 7.5 cm White gold and yellow gold, diamond baguettes, square-cut diamonds & Bark Brooch Meran, IT, ca. 1980; H 11 cm Bark, painted; mount: silver, gold-plated..
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Selected artworks by Anton Frühauf. Displayed on the page on the right: Brooch and Brooch For Marianne Meran, IT, ca. 1973; W 7 / W 7.5 cm White gold and yellow gold, diamond baguettes, square-cut diamonds & Bark Brooch Meran, IT, ca. 1980; H 11 cm Bark, painted; mount: silver, gold-plated.

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. Selected artworks by Gaetano Pesce. Arm jewellery, Eruption Rosso et Nero New York, US, 1995; Diam. 7–13.5 cm. Synthetics, silicone, cast, Pesce Design..
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Selected artworks by Gaetano Pesce. Arm jewellery, Eruption Rosso et Nero New York, US, 1995; Diam. 7–13.5 cm. Synthetics, silicone, cast, Pesce Design.

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. Selected artworks by Hubertus von Skal. Calligram. The Small Manifesto Munich, DE, 1987; H 85 cm. Silk screen print, calligram in droplet form Museum acquisition, 1992..
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Selected artworks by Hubertus von Skal. Calligram. The Small Manifesto Munich, DE, 1987; H 85 cm. Silk screen print, calligram in droplet form Museum acquisition, 1992.

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. Selected artworks by Antje Dienstbir. Three long spoons. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 24 cm /26.5 cm / 28 cm Sterling silver, forged. Spoon. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 16 cm. Sterling silver, forged. Three small spoons. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 8.5–9 cm. Sterling silver, forged.
. Donations by the Frankfurt Fair on the occasion of the Hessian State Prize for German Crafts, 2000..
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Selected artworks by Antje Dienstbir. Three long spoons. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 24 cm /26.5 cm / 28 cm Sterling silver, forged. Spoon. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 16 cm. Sterling silver, forged. Three small spoons. Wiesbaden, DE, 2000; L 8.5–9 cm. Sterling silver, forged.
Donations by the Frankfurt Fair on the occasion of the Hessian State Prize for German Crafts, 2000.

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. Contact sheet of additional objects..
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Contact sheet of additional objects.

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