Paul Evans Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism focuses on an American artist who has attracted a worldwide core of collectors and whose approach to furniture-making defied traditional notions of craftsmanship. Creating furniture as sculpture, defined by abstract composition, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) consistently pushed boundaries with his innovative approaches to metal work and furniture-making, his designs revealing the fascinating juxtaposition of sculpture and design.
Constantly experimenting with traditional and synthetic materials while also borrowing techniques from industrial manufacturing, Evans and his shop workers invested their furniture with an expressiveness that is quite distinctive in the realms of traditional craft and design.
Contents: Constance Kimmerle: A Metalsmith and Furniture Maker Crafts Modernist Forms for Postwar America; Gregory Wittkopp: Studio to Factory: Paul Evans' Education as a Designer; Cranbook Academy of Art and Old Sturbridge Village in the Postwar Era; Edward S. Cooke Jr.: Fashioning Craft/Crafting Fashion: The Ambitions of Paul Evans; Robert Slifkin: Paul Evans and the Legacy of Modern Welded Sculpture: Between Decoration and Expression; Glenn Adamson: Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on Paul Evans' Cityscape Furniture; Helen Drutt: The Resurgence of Crafts in the Time of Paul Evans.
Constance Kimmerle has been Curator of Collections at the James A. Michener Art Museum since 2001, where she has curated exhibitions on the work of impressionist Edward W. Redfield (2004) and modernist artist Elsie Driggs (2007).
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