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This comprehensive survey of Paul Evans’s work encourages
a fresh look at the practice of making objects in the third
quarter of the twentieth century as it ex- amines the dynamic
career of an artist who evolved from metalsmith to furniture
maker to designer, shifting his focus from the New York
craft world to the national world of design.
'Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism' focuses on an Ameri- can artist who has attracted a worldwide core of collectors and whose approach to furniture-making defied traditional notions of craft. Pursuing furniture as sculp- ture and abstract composition, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931–1987) consistently pushed boundaries with his innovative approaches to metal and furniture-making, his work revealing the fascinating cross currents of sculpture and design.
Constantly experimenting with traditional and synthetic materials while also bor- rowing techniques from industrial manufacturing, Evans and his shop workers invested their furniture with an expressiveness that is quite distinctive in the realms of craft and design.
With contributions by Edward Cooke, professor of American
decorative arts, Yale University; Glenn Adamson, director of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design; Gregory Wittkopp, director of Cranbrook Art Museum; Robert Slifkin, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art, New York University; Helen W. Drutt English, founder and director of the Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia; and Constance Kimmerle, curator of collections at the James A. Michener Art Museum.
Exhibition: James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA (USA), until 1.6.2014; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (USA), 21.6. to 12.10.2014