Date:September 2012
Author:Donald Albrecht, Dianne Pierce
Publisher:Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Dimensions:10.8 x 10.8 x .2 in.

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design

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This catalogue was published by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz in conjunction with the exhibition Russel Wright: The Nature of Design, curated by Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce, on display at the Dorsky from August 29, 2012 through March 10, 2013. The exhibition and catalogue explore the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, focusing on one of Wright’s most pervasive preoccupations, which also has much relevance today: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. While examining Wright’s entire career from the 1920s through the 1970s, the catalogue focuses on his work between 1945 and 1968, when Wright increasingly designed in experimental and innovative ways. A special component of the exhibition—Man and Nature in the Hudson Valley, organized by Kerry Dean Carso—provides a historical context for Russel Wright’s designs and his interest in natural forms.

The fully illustrated catalogue features essays by co-curators Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce and by Kerry Dean Carso. The catalogue also includes images and text from a slide talk developed in the 1960s by Russel Wright to promote his philosophy of modern living and the importance of maintaining a close relationship to nature.


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