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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. This lushly illustrated book by collage artist Andrea D'Aquino brings Asawa's creative journey to life, detailing the influence of her childhood in a farming family, and her education at Black Mountain College where she pursued an experimental course of education with leading avant-garde artists and thinkers such as Anni and Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg. Her works are permanently installed in the lobby of the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Tower at the de Young museum. Delightful and substantial, this engaging title for young art lovers includes a page of teaching tools for parents and educators.Ages 8 to 12. Hardcover, 40 pages.

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