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Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery

Kenneth R. Trapp and Howard Risatti

Smithsonian Institution Press
192 pp.: ill. (104 color)
ISBN: ISBN 1-56098-831-2

Softcover, $24.95 $17.50

Published as a celebration of the Renwick Gallery's twenty-fifth anniversary, this book masterfully illustrates the intellectual and tactile excitement found in American crafts. Photographs of exquisite clarity give this volume an optical effervescence. Each fiber, each woodgrain, each coil of rope has depth and dimension that tempt us to touch. Kenneth Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick, and Howard Risatti, professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University, discuss the profound meaning these objects have in our lives.