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Bringing Modernism Home
Ohio Decorative Arts, 1890–1960

By Carol Boram-Hays

“Boram-Hays, an art-history lecturer at Ohio State University, skillfully shows how the decorative arts…were produced by a unique combination of need and openness to artful experimentation…Bringing Modernism Home is touted as an art-history book. I found it to be more than that. It was a peek into the economics—and the humanity—behind art.”

Susan Condon Love, The Plain Dealer

“A well-written and beautifully illustrated book that brings to life the rich artistic heritage of twentieth-century Ohio... Bringing Modernism Home is an important contribution to decorative arts scholarship. It places Ohio on the map as a national competitor in the production of twentieth-century high-style functional objects.”

Winterthur Portfolio

“This book certainly is a welcome addition to the literature on American decorative arts, and should be in the collection of all art libraries in the Ohio Valley region.”

Chris Hatten, Collage

“Making Bringing Modernism Home a great read is Boram-Hays’ ability to bring the history of Ohio into play…Boram-Hays’ contribution is greatly appreciated…Gives readers a greater understanding about some of the Ohio artists who crafted ceramic, glass, metalwork, furniture, and even books.”

Susan Mellish, Ohioana Quarterly

Ohio enjoys a rich artistic heritage: its inhabitants have made significant contributions in the arts; its schools have produced artists of international acclaim; and its companies have employed progressive manufacturing techniques and pioneering materials in the production of their wares. Ohio’s artistic tradition is especially impressive in the area of the decorative arts from the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. The state’s economic boom at that time was due, in part, to innovative designs developed by companies working together with artists.

Bringing Modernism Home: Ohio Decorative Arts, 1890–1960 showcases this important contribution. It investigates Ohioans’ influence in bringing international vanguard movements-such as Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Biomorphism-out of art galleries and museums and into the domestic realm.

Carol Boram-Hays discusses a variety of media and forms, including glass, ceramics, enameling, furniture design, metalwork, and jewelry. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of work from more than 120 artists and companies. Although twentieth-century decorative arts have been the subject of increasing interest in both the public and private sectors, Bringing Modernism Home is the first publication to examine the wide range and superb quality of works produced by Ohio artists and companies.

Carol Boram-Hays is a lecturer at the Ohio State University, where she received her doctorate in art history. Her research interests include African art and archaeology, as well as twentieth-century American and European art.   More info →

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Retail price: $55.00, S.
Release date: February 2005
160 pages · 8½ × 11 in.
Rights:  World

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