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Authors on Architecture: Schwartzman on Arts & Crafts
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Sunday, November 14, 2021

SAH/SCC welcomes author, filmmaker, and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman to share about his new book, Arts & Crafts: From William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright (Palazzo Editions, 2021).

The book focuses on a group of British and American craftsmen who vehemently rejected the mass production of the Industrial Revolution. William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, FAIA, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charles Sumner Greene, and Henry Mather Greene were among those like-minded artisans who formed a “Round Table” to create the movement that embodied a visionary style of the Golden Age of craftsmanship.

“I’ve always loved the simple complexity of the Arts & Crafts movement’s typography, architecture, and furniture,” says Schwartzman. This lushly illustrated book reveals the author’s visual connection with the work.

Schwartzman won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1982 for Genocide. He studied at the Canterbury College of Art, now the University for the Creative Arts, and was granted Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). He is a prolific author with titles including Deco Landmarks: Art Deco Gems of Los Angeles (Chronicle, 2005), Designage: The Art of the Decorative Sign (Chronicle, 1998), and Graven Images: Graphic Symbols of the Jewish Gravestone (Harry N. Abrams, 1993).

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