Art and craft have always been the central thread of American culture, with an increasing focus on the practice over time, and in many cases, the artist.

But in the years since, there has been a renewed push to get to the heart of the craft, a pursuit that has included a focus on a few of the greats, like Louis de Guzman, who was a master of both traditional and contemporary painting.

The best of these has been made possible through the efforts of a new generation of artists who have gone beyond the traditional.

From the art of David Hockney to the work of Andy Warhol, from the work by David Hwang to the paintings of Andy Roth and the masterful work of Philip Glass, these new artists have explored the world of craft with an eye to the deep meaning and rich histories of our country.

Here are some of the best.