ABOUT THE BOOK
For over 40 years, Tom Joyce has employed hands on knowledge of diverse materials to produce cast, forged, and constructed sculpture, charred drawings, photographs, and mixed-media artworks that often incorporate industrial remnants from large scale manufacturing or iron fragments collected for their significance to a specific region or event. As in recent commissions for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (seven interactive sculptures forged from 19,500 pounds of salvaged stainless steel), and for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, (a 75-foot-long quote by Virgil forged from 8,000 pounds of iron retrieved from the collapsed World Trade Center towers), Joyce continues to examine, through the inheritance of prior use, the environmental, political, and historical implications of using iron in his work. Includes in-depth essays from MaLin Wilson-Powell and Ezra Shales.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Originally trained as a blacksmith in the 1970s, artist and MacArthur Fellow Tom Joyce (born 1956) is internationally recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the field for his contributions to the art and science of forging iron. Exhibiting extensively in the U.S. and abroad since 1981, his sculpture, vessels, wall pieces, and video installations can be seen in public collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; New Mexico Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
MaLin Wilson-Powell is an independent writer and curator, active in the art world since 1972. As Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (1977-78); assistant to photo-historian and McArthur Fellow Beaumont Newhall (1980-85); Director of the Jonson Gallery (1985-1989), then the contemporary branch of the University Art Museum, University of New Mexico (1985-89); and, the first Curator of Exhibitions and Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (1999-2004), her orientation has always been to encourage engagement with the arts audience as a public intellectual. She has curated over twenty-five exhibitions with publications; written over three hundred articles, and edited two collections of art criticism: The Hydrogen Juke Box: Selected Writings of Peter Schjeldahl (well-known New York critic associated with the Village Voice), published by the Univ. of California Press, 1991; and Last Chance for Eden: Selected Art Criticism by Christopher Knight, 1979 -1993 (Art issues. Press, 1995). In 1994 she received a national Chemical Bank award for distinguished newspaper art criticism for her criticism column in the Albuquerque Journal NORTH (1992-1999). Through 1999, she also contributed to regional and national periodicals including ARTFORUM, Art issues and the Los Angeles Times. Her recent projects include the keystone essays for the artists monographs Janet Russek: The Tenuous Stem (Radius Books, 2013); Jerry West: The Alchemy of Memory (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2015); John Connell: Works 1965-2009 (Radius Books, 2015); Jim Waid Paintings (Last Chair Media, 2016); and, Tom Joyce: Works 2002-2017 (Radius Books, 2017). She curated the major traveling exhibition and co-edited the publication Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company: American Moderns and the West (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016). Forthcoming is the catalogue for the traveling exhibition: New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West (Tia Collection, 2018).
Ezra Shales, Professor of Art History at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, recently published The Shape of Craft (Reaktion Books, 2018), his second book, and is currently writing introductions for new editions of David Pye’s seminal books The Nature of Design (1964) and The Nature and Art of Workmanship (1968). He has a Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center and an M.F.A. from Hunter College and his first book, Made in Newark (Rutgers University Press, 2010), explores craft as an anchor of regional identity in Progressive-era New Jersey. Shales is active as a curator and organized “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City (2015).