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Smithsonian eyes future of crafts with 40 artists

Thursday - 7/19/2012, 3:48am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington is exploring the future of artistic crafts with a new exhibit featuring works from 40 artists from across the country who are under 40 years old and who represent something new.

The exhibition, "40 under 40: Craft Futures," opens Friday with artworks all created since Sept. 11, 2001. Their work spanning ceramics, metalwork, fashion, industrial design, and other fields, is meant to reflect the changed world since 9/11.

The museum says the 40 artists in the show share philosophies of emphasizing sustainability, valuing hand-made things and considering what it means to live in a state of persistent unease.

Curator Nicholas Bell reviewed work by 2,000 artists to find work representing new directions. Bell says the artists represent the most engaging work of their generation.

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