Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery
Author: Oscar P. Fitzgerald
Publisher/Date: Smithsonian/Fox Chapel Publishing (c. 2007)
Format/Condition: New black cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 224 pages; 12.25 x 9.3 x 1.05 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color.
Description: Exquisitely photographed, this catalog highlights 84 exemplary pieces of American studio furniture from the Renwick Gallery, the craft division of the Smithsonian. This unparalleled collection of handmade contemporary furniture are true works of art as well as functional pieces, from such artists and craftsmen as Wharton Esherick, the patriarch of studio furniture, and Wendle Castle, who created one of the Renwick's most popular pieces, the trompe l'oeil Ghost Clock. Here too are Judy McKee's Monkey Settee, Sam Maloof's Rocking Chair, John Cederquist's Ghost Boy, and George Nakashima's Conoid Bench. This absorbing volume features profiles and interviews of 52 artists and reveals their artistic influences and interpretations along with 112 stunning photos of iconic work.