Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design

September 1 2012 - June 30 2014

Traveling Exhibition

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Wendell Castle [American, b. 1932]
Ghost Rider, 2010
Bubinga with oil finish
29.25 x 32 x 76.5 inches
74.3 x 81.3 x 194.3 cm
Unique

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC: September 1, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY: March 19 – September 15, 2013
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida: October 12, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Bellevue Arts Museum, WA: March 7 – June 30, 2014

Featuring more than 75 installations, sculptures, furniture, and objects, Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Craft and Design explores some ofthe most cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today. The exhibition emphasizes the way artists, designers, and craftspeople have incorporated postmodernist approaches and strategies into woodworking—deconstructing vessel shapes, playing on the relationship between function and form, and utilizing woodturning and furniture techniques in the creation of sculpture and demonstrating exciting possibilities through the use of technology.

Against the Grain is part of MAD’s ongoing “Materials & Process” series, dedicated to exploring contemporary innovations in traditional techniques and materials, and highlights the tremendous creative energy and fresh thinking that creators are bringing to wood today. The exhibition features 57 artists and designers from around the world, including influential sculptors Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtney Smith, and Martin Puryear (who will display a furniture-based piece for the first time); installation artists Gary Carsley, Sarah Oppenheimer and Alison Elizabeth Taylor; designers Maarten Baas,Sebastian Errazuriz, and Pablo Reinoso; and studio wood artists Wendell Castle, Bud Latven, Andrew Early, and Hunt Clark, among others.

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Craft and Design is organized the Museum of Arts and Design and curated by Lowery Stokes Sims, Charles Bronfman International Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, assisted by Elizabeth Edwards Kirrane, Assistant Curator at MAD and project manager for the exhibition.

The exhibition tour includes the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC (September 1, 2012—January 27, 2013), Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (March 19—May 2013). The exhibition will also travel to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in fall 2013.

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Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design,
Interior Design,
February 1, 2013
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MAD for MAD: "AGAINST THE GRAIN",
DEZIGNILICIOUS,
April 29, 2013
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At Museum of Arts and Design: Amazing Wood Furniture,
Arts Observer
April 9, 2013
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Using Wood, Contemporary Artists Go 'Against the Grain',
Arts Observer
April 8, 2013
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Against the Grain,
dwell,
April 2, 2013
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Wood Proves Its Mettle in the Museum of Art and Design's "Against the Grain"
ARTINFO,
March 26, 2013
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DON'T MISS: MAD AGAINST THE GRAIN,
W Magazine,
March 20, 2013
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Olio Odds and Ends
Cottages-Gardens,
March 2013