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Title :

The straw donkey : tourist kitsch or proto-design? : craft and design in Italy, 1945-1960

Author :
SPARKE, Penny ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This paper focuses on the formative period of 'Italian design' which reached its apogee in the early 1960s. It sets out to unpack the complex relationship between art, craft, artisanal production and design in these years concentrating on the role played by the third category in the early 1950s, especially as manifested in the exhibition Italy at work. It seeks to recontextualize what was referred to, at the time, as 'handicraft' or 'folk art' within the economic and ideological framework of the period and to show its important role both in providing a necessary continuity and in enabling innovation of a certain kind to take place. The paper argues that the mature neo-modern Italian design movement took on board some of the defining characteristics of handicraft, and that a respect for tradition was crucial in the formation of the new aesthetic. ;
Pagination/Size :
9 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Artisanat ; Design ; Italie ; Modernisme ; 1900-2000 ; 1945-1960 ;
Descriptors :
Crafts ; Design ; Italy ; Modernism ; 1900-2000 ; 1945-1960 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1998, 11, 1
INIST identifier :
24996728 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;