Transforming Vision: the Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005


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William Hunter is a major figure in the field of contemporary craft and a leading figure in contemporary wood art. Transforming Vision: The Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970—2005 is the first major publication on the artist and features work that encompasses over three decades of artistic exploration. In his insightful essay, curator Kevin Wallace traces Hunter’s work back to childhood interests in baseball, fishing and hand crafts, and coming of age during the turbulent and inspiring era of 1960s America. Inspired by the back-to-the-earth movement and philosophies of self-reliance and reinvention, William Hunter entered the field of contemporary wood turning during its formative stages and pioneered a new language in wood, evolving from a foundation in utilitarian forms to a vehicle for sculptural exploration. Investigating the medium’s rich expressive potential, Hunter advanced a new direction for contemporary wood art, and assisted in its emergence as a legitimate and highly regarded form of artistic expression. The sophistication and technical mastery of William Hunter’s work have become a recognizable signature and made him a major force in the field of contemporary wood sculpture. Transforming Vision places this work in a historical context, with commentary by curators, collectors and artists and stunning full color plates sharing the artist’s unique approach to the wood medium. softcover ISBN – 0-9712772-4-9 hardcover ISBN – 0-9712772-4-9 published by Long Beach Museum of Art, California text by exhibition curator Kevin Wallace, introduction by museum director, Hal Nelson format: softcover and clothbound with dustjacket dimensions: 9.5” x 12.25” 128 page plus cover / 115 color plates publication year: 2006

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