Month: July 2016

Maggie Schpak, History’s Accessorizer

Exhibition view, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, 2016, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, photo: Museum Associates/LACMA Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 April 10–August 21, 2016 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Whether we consciously adopt a particular style or fashion, or thoughtlessly throw on clothes, our identity is communicated through our …

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Panjapol Kulpapangkorn: Jewellery Is at My Feet/The Show Is Yours

Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Jewellery Is at My Feet/The Show Is Yours, project launched in 2012, memory containers from participants, memory objects in clear plastic bags, mixed media, size of container: 110 x 130 mm, photo: artist For Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, building community, working with memory, and getting to know people from distant places through his participatory project, …

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April Higashi: The Men’s Show

(left) April Higashi, Tidepool Pendant, 2016, oxidized silver, 508 mm; (right) Joshua Wendler, Springbok Antelope Skull Ring, 2016, 18-karat gold-plated silver, 6 x diameter 20 mm, photo: Shibumi Gallery Shibumi Gallery, in Berkeley, has just opened an exhibition “for men,” looking to address its male patrons’ reticence toward ornaments. This is an exhibition that started with …

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Demo Job: Craft, Art, and the Politics of Demonstration

Marina Abramović (left) performing The Artist Is Present, 2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, photo: Andrew Russeth Here’s a little guideline for art world success: If you’re an artist staging a performance in a gallery, do as little as humanly possible. For her exhibition The Artist Is Present, Marina Abramović famously held court …

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Blank Versus Anonymous Faun: Contemporary Jewelry and Male Eroticism

Alexander Blank, Bunny, 2006, gold, stag horn, 95 x 60 x 12 mm, photo: Stefan Heuser, modeled by Stefan Heuser Alexander Blank’s jewelry frequently riffs on the notion of pop-cultural-icons-as-cameo-portraits: bashed yellow “smiley-face” brooches, “skull” pendants seemingly made of the fossilized remains of Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil and, in this piece, a roughly …

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AJF ANNOUNCES THE $20K SUSAN BEECH MID-CAREER GRANT

Mill Valley, California, USA—Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce a new international grant opportunity for mid-career artists established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech. The objective of this grant is to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field and to provide resources for the artist to …

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Boxed Nakedness: EXPORT Versus Bakker

VALIE EXPORT, Tapp und Tastkino (Touch Cinema), 1968–1971, performance, photo: mumok, Vienna The late 1960s were turbulent times. Liberation, emancipation, and democratization were the truths of the day. Social codes were exceeded, and people enjoyed the freedom of the sexual revolution. Taking off one’s clothes publicly, for instance at festivals like Woodstock, was a sign …

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Peoples & Brand

(left) Nellie Peoples, Take the Lead, 2016, brooches, sterling silver, stainless steel, 30 x 20 mm; (right) Zoe Brand, What You Have Here Is a Genuine, Quality, Brand, 2016, set of three charms, GENUINE: painted aluminum, QUALITY: sterling silver, BRAND: 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver, 82 x 30 mm, photo: Bilk Gallery Nellie Peoples and Zoe …

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