Item description for Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection by Mario S. De Pillis & Christian Goodwillie...
Struck by the beauty of every visible object in a Shaker kitchen they chanced to visit in 1923, young Edward Deming Andrews and his wife, Faith Young Andrews, embarked on a collection that became the passion of their lives. During the following decades, at a time when the art and artifacts of the Shakers were considered "low" art and unworthy of collecting or exhibiting, the Andrewses energetically collected objects, studied sources, and eventually mounted exhibits and published books on Shaker culture. This beautiful book is the first to document their unparalleled collection, presenting some 600 photographs, most never before published. In addition, the book brings to light the extraordinary story of the Andrewses' collecting and scholarship, their relationships with members of the United Society of Believers (commonly called Shakers) and with important New York City art-world figures of the 1930s, as well as their contributions toward the birth of the field of Shaker Studies. More than passionate collectors, Edward and Faith Andrews were intent on saving a distinct culture, and their accomplishment was to preserve for future generations the most comprehensive body of knowledge ever assembled about the Shakers.
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.32" Width: 10.26" Height: 1.18" Weight: 4.06 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Yale University Press
ISBN 0300137605 ISBN13 9780300137606
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More About Mario S. De Pillis & Christian Goodwillie
Mario S. DePillis is professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was a member of the Founding Board of Trustees, Hancock Shaker Village, at the time the Andrews Collection was acquired. He lives in Amherst, MA. Christian Goodwillie is curator of collections, Hancock Shaker Village, and author of many books and articles on Shaker topics. He lives in West Stockbridge, MA.
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A Treasure Preserving Treasures Dec 29, 2009
It is difficult to imagine a more exhaustive and beautiful volume dedicated to the exquisite creativity and spirituality of the United Society of Believers. What were to the Shakers utilitarian objects have become valued as works of American art, thanks to the vision and persistent collecting of the Andrews. The color photography of Michael Fredericks skillfully reveals the most minute details of each handmade treasure. Its arresting cover photograph by itself invites further investigation. It is a volume to be perused many times over, a book to remind readers that American history is richer than most of us know.
Photographs exhibit the craft of the shakers in every detail... Oct 13, 2008
This is an excellent catalogue of an extensive collection of Shaker artifacts of all kind; clothing, fabrics, furniture, tools, machines, and so much more. The photographs exhibit the craft of the shakers in every detail. The color captured in some of the pieces provided a pleasant surprise!
It's a beautiful book.
How a Stubborn Young Man's Defense of the Shakers Proved Prophetic Aug 4, 2008
You can hardly walk through a mall these days without hearing some form of "Simple Gifts" cycling through the soundtrack. And, the graceful yet functional lines of Shaker-designed furnishings now are mainstays in many American homes. Yet, most Americans know very little about this Utopian group that truly was among the great contributors to our national culture.
If you visit one of the restored historical sites that once housed Shaker families, you're likely to walk away with a paperback like "The People Called Shakers," by Edward Andrews. But, even after reading the paperback, you won't know the larger and far more dramatic story of Andrews' (and his wife Faith Andrews') passion for preserving the art and spiritual message of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, as the Shakers formally called themselves.
This coffee-table-style book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs, presents that larger story. It's part of a traveling exhibit, drawn from the Andrews collection, which will visit various historical sites over the next couple of years.
The key to the Andrews' contribution really couldn't be properly evaluated until now, I think. As a journalist myself who has specialized in reporting on American religious life for more than 20 years - with a special focus on Shakers through most of those years - I think it's only in this era of "spiritual rebirth" in America that the Andrews' passion and achievements can properly be understood and appreciated.
First of all, "Ted" Andrews began collecting and preserving endangered Shaker pieces in an era when they were considered "low" art at best. So-called experts, when he began to build his collection before World War II, regarded such hand-made, functional items as historical artifacts perhaps worth documenting. The art world was an entire conceptual universe away from its current fascination with such fusions of handicrafts and spiritual insight.
What's more, "Ted" Andrews staunchly believed - in sharp contrast to most developers of historical sites in the mid-20th Century -- that Shaker sites should be preserved primarily for their spiritual value. At least, spiritual themes should be presented on par with gee-whiz exhibitions of artifacts. Initially, this seemed like a crazy notion to many experts and Andrews seemed like a rather bull-headed fellow. But, in today's cultural light, Andrews now appears to have been the prophetic visionary.
If you care about this chapter of American history and this niche within global spirituality, this new Yale University book is a must-own volume on our collective Shaker legacy.