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Uploaded on Apr 27, 2010
Elissa Auther chats about her book, STRING, FELT, THREAD, and the artists and artworks behind it. The book is an unconventional history of the American art world that chronicles the advance of thread, rope, string, felt, and fabric from the "low" world of craft to the "high" world of art in the 1960s and 1970s, and ultimately illluminates the centrality of fiber to contemporary artistic practice. Auther engages far-reaching debates in the art world: What accounts for the distinction between art and craft? Who assigns values to these categories?
The study of modern craft has only a few real stars, and none shine more brightly than Elissa Auther. This is a book to be welcomed by historians, artists, and craftspeople alike. —Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum