International Arts and Crafts
Edited by Karen Livingstone and Linda Parry Victoria and Albert Museum/Harry N. Abrams, $75 The late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Arts and Crafts movement, considered the first truly modern movement, is often described as strictly British and American. Wrong! This oversize illustrated tome takes readers on a global tour from Britain and North America to Central Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Japan, where Arts and Crafts enjoyed widespread influence. Expertly tracing the complexity of the movement through the decades and across continents, this handsome, scholarly book, which serves as an accompaniment to the blockbuster exhibition on view at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum through July 24, features previously unpublished objects and new photography from the private collections of such renowned designers as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley and Walter Crane. For the Arts and Crafts student, an extensive bibliography provides a wealth of sources for further reading, and an object list describes in detail every important jug, screen, chair and candlestick pictured in the pages.