The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History)

The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History)

By: Sandra Alfoldy (author)Paperback

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During periods of close collaboration, championed by figures like John Ruskin and William Morris, architecture and craft were referred to as "the allied arts." By the mid-twentieth century, however, it was more common for the two disciplines to be considered distinct professional fields, with architecture having little to do with studio craft. The Allied Arts investigates the history of the complex relationship between craft and architecture by examining the intersection of these two areas in Canadian public buildings. Sandra Alfoldy explains the challenges facing the development of the field of public craft and documents the largely ignored public craft commissions of the post-war era in Canada. The book highlights the global concerns of material, scale, form, ornament, and identity shared by architects and craftspeople. It also examines the ways in which the allied arts are mediated by institutions and the fragility of craft commissions once considered an integral part of the built environment. Considering a wide range of craftspeople, materials, and forms - from the ceramics of Jack Sures and Jordi Bonnet to the textile work of Mariette Rousseau Vermette and Carole Sabiston - Alfoldy celebrates the successes of architectural craftsmanship. The first work of its kind, The Allied Arts develops ideas about the complex relationship between architecture and craft that reach well beyond national boundaries.

About Author

Sandra Alfoldy is professor of craft history at NSCAD University and associate curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773540033
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780773540033
  • ISBN10: 0773540032

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