Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement Kevin W. Tucker

Publication date:
12 Oct 2010
Yale University Press
272 pages: 305 x 229mm
170 color illus.
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An impressive new look at the iconic designs of the workshops of the patriarch of the American Arts and Crafts movement, Gustav Stickley

With its emphasis on social reform and simplicity in design---bold lines, honest use of materials, and redeeming qualities of handmade goods---the Arts and Crafts movement offered an antidote to the perceived ills of a rapidly changing world and the ornate and artificial Victorian aesthetic of the late 19th century. In the first years of the 20th century, the movement was popularized in the United States through the efforts of Gustav Stickley (1858 – 1942), a businessman who promoted a progressive American style and the ideal of the simple life through the efforts of his furniture factory and publication, The Craftsman.

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement accompanies the first nationally touring exhibition of Stickley’s work and explores his dual roles as a visionary business leader and enthusiastic proselytizer of design reform. The full range of Stickley’s workshops is illuminated, including more than 100 objects of furniture, metalwork, and textiles, as well as architectural drawings and related designs, many of which are previously unpublished. Essays by distinguished contributors provide diverse viewpoints on the Arts and Crafts movement and Stickley's evolving role as tastemaker, and the often contradictory messages conveyed through the construction and promotion of his designers’ works.

This handsome volume provides fascinating new insight into the dramatic transformation of a factory owner into one of the leading figures of the American Arts and Crafts movement.

Kevin W. Tucker is The Margot B. Perot Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Dallas Museum of Art. Beverly K. Brandt is a professor in the School of Design Innovation at Arizona State University. David Cathers is a writer and consultant on Stickley. Joseph Cunningham is the curatorial director of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. Beth Ann McPherson, formerly Curator for The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, is an acknowledged authority on American Arts and Crafts textiles. Tommy McPherson, formerly Director and CEO of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, is the Director of the Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama.

"The complete guide to the life and business of Gustav Stickley. . . . This book accompanies the eponymous traveling exhibition, currently at the Newark Museum in New Jersey through Jan. 2, 2011."—Jennifer Clary, American Style

"[Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement] will function for years to come as a valuable resource and reference tool...While the exhibition is evanescent, the catalogue will persist."—Bruce A. Austin, New York-Pennsylvania Collector

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