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Excellent study of new work by artists in collaboration with expert artisans,
This review is from: The Art of Not Making: The New Artist / Artisan Relationship (Paperback)
'The Art of Not Making" is a study of contemporary art that is dependent for its realisation on expert contributions from artisans. The author, Michael Petry, is a practising artist - a couple of examples of his work are included - and he is well equipped to discuss the work illustrated in the over 300 colour illustrations.
After a contextual introduction, the book has been divided by material: a choice that produces one rather strange consequence, when work in wood finds itself in a final section devoted to 'Other Materials', while glass, metal, stone and textiles - not obviously more difficult or important - earn their own sections. An appendix features interviews with artisans and artists that throw further light on their working relationships.
The work discussed is of a uniformly high standard, and Petry's text makes clear that the relationship between artist and artisan in such work may take many different forms, from almost completely hands-off to intense involvement on the part of the artist. This book makes a coherent case for work of this type. It is hard to imagine the task done better. The wide variety of materials and techniques involved make for a visual feast.