Images top-bottom: Drop Leaf Desk (red oak, 1927). Photo by James Mario. Courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum. Studio Shot. Photo by James Mario. Courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum.
In my June 30, 2009 column I wrote about Phillip Lloyd Powell and his contribution to the American studio craft movement. In recent years there has been a lot of attention paid to the group of artists who were part of this milieu. Aside from the fact that they are always fixtures in the 20th century design auction catalogues, Todd Merrill published a noteworthy book dedicated to American mid-century design title “Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam” (Rizzoli, October 2008). Recently I received news of an upcoming exhibition and symposium dedicated to man that can be called the father of the American studio craft movement, Wharton Esherick.
Thank you for intelligent and thoughtful words. Am certain to take in the exhibition. T.M.Hawley