Month: September 2011

McQueen in Manhattan

Rebecca Annand reports for AJF: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Enter New York’s Metropolitan Museum through the Great Hall. Pass by the entrances to Greek and Roman Sculpture and Egyptian Galleries to a narrow side escalator. Go up to the second floor along the balcony, through Buddhist sculptures and past cases …

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Ornament as Art: Avant-garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

This review was first published in The Journal of Modern Craft, v.3, n.2, July 2010, pp.269-272. And so here it is, the enormous catalogue to the Helen Williams Drutt collection, acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in Texas and co-published by that institution and Arnoldsche. Presided over by Cindi Strauss, curator of …

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Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection

In the late 1950s, Dr Ümit Bir set out with his stethoscope in his bag, traveling around the world and including frequent visits to Turkey, his home country. In 1960, he met an architect, Dr Rudolph Steinbach, who gave the order to ‘start collecting!’ Trained in ‘the strenuous and exacting practice of medicine,’ Bir turned …

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Also Known as Jewellery*

Emmanuel Lacoste, Langues (Two Pieces) Tongue Jewel, 2006, fine gold Also Known As Jewellery* is a hybrid model, somewhere between a survey exhibition – seventeen of the best French or French-based jewelers who are contributing to the ‘spectacular evolution’ of contemporary jewelry in France – and an argument about what contemporary jewelry is and does. …

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