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Highlights from AJF’s 2022 Programming

Taking a Look Back as We Move toward 2023

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We published 121 items in 2022—more than twice what we anticipated at the beginning of the year. Some highlights:

Notable

  • This year, AJF celebrated its 25th anniversary! Info
  • We received an award from the Museum of Art and Design. Check out the press release

Interviews

  • Steven KP—a new writer for AJF—interviewed matt lambert about their Self-Care series
  • Ana Passos spoke with Miriam Mirna Korolkovas, a pioneer and curator of Brazilian Art Jewelry
  • Jennifer Altmann asked the Dutch artist Rian de Jong about Triggered, her exhibition at Gallery Loupe. Altmann is a writer new to AJF. She published two articles with us in 2022 and has lots more in the works
  • Vicki Mason discussed many things, including the Israel Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry, with its founder, Ariel Lavian
Ariel Lavian
Ariel Lavian, photo: Chen Lavian

Reviews

Exhibition view, Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, photo: Henrik Kam

Photo Essays

  • Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Elena Karpilova, a writer new to AJF, put together two photo essays about Ukrainian jewelers. The first one contains a link to the second.
  • Got a frown you want to turn into a smile? Check out Why Is Jewelry So @*#% Happy?, by Carrie Yodanis
  • How do you define art jewelry? We asked our members. Here is what they told us.

Obituaries

Annamaria Zanella at her bench
Annamaria Zanella at her bench, November 2014, photo courtesy of Gallery Loupe

Articles

  • Sebastian Grant, a writer new to AJF, began an ambitious series called Black Jewelers: A History Revealed. He has written about Curtis Tann and Bill Smith so far, with articles about Coreen Simpson, Winifred Mason, Vaughn Stubbs, and others in the works
  • Another new writer, Christina Zetterlund, related the life story of Rosa Taikon, whose work is now presented in a permanent exhibition at Sweden’s Hälsingland Museum
  • Rebekah Frank reported on the work of jewelry-adjacent artists Kumi Kaguraoka, from Japan, and of California artist Monica Canilao
  • Saskia Van Es gave a history of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation and the artist it honors
Bill Smith, Body Ornament, modeled by Merème, photo: Aida Sulova, image courtesy of Aida Sulova and The Jewelry Library

AJF Live

  • Collector and curator Jorunn Veiteberg showed us her home, her jewelry storage, and many of the pieces of jewelry she owns
  • Recent graduate Zahra Almajidi received the director’s award from Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Douriean Fletcher was part of the team that designed the jewelry in the Black Panther films
  • The pioneering Dutch maker Ruudt Peters took us on a tour of his home and shared part of his collection with us
Douriean Fletcher, photo courtesy of Douriean Fletcher

Trips
Post-COVID, we eased slowly into travel during the second half of the year.

  • We scheduled our June trip to the City of Fog to coincide with the opening of Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail, at the Museum of Craft and Design. Bill Baker provided us with a photo essay of the trip.
  • We were at Munich Jewelry Week, in July
  • One highlight of October’s trip to Prague and Vienna was undoubtedly the Museum of Bohemian Paradise, a new discovery for many of members. To our delight, the institution was holding its annual international symposium of contemporary jewelry while we visited! See the photo essay
  • We were also at NYCJW, in November
(Left) AJF’s executive director, Yvonne Montoya, and (right) AJF Board Chair Bonnie Levine in emiko oye’s studio during our trip to San Francisco, trying on jewelry by the maker, photo: Bill Baker

AJF in Conversation Panel Discussions

  • Collecting for Joy took place at NYCJW, in November. Couldn’t make it? Just watch the video we filmed.
  • Collecting—The Next Generation was held in July, during Munich Jewelry Week. Watch our video of the talk to find out the approaches moderator Christian Hoedl and panelists Mallory Weston, Paulo Ribeiro, Juan Harnie, and Dennis Pellens take
  • How Is the Next Generation Collecting is a quick read that summarizes the hour-long panel discussion Collecting—The Next Generation mentioned in the previous bullet point
Juan Harnie and Dennis Pellens sometimes purchase work that they’re not really into, but Harnie agreed that when they buy it’s mostly a case of “we just fall in love with the piece, and if I can still eat next month, it’s fine, we’ll take it.” Juan Harnie wearing many, many brooches, from a post on his Instagram feed, @thejewelleryupdate

2022 Young Artist Award
We spoke to the winner and finalists when we announced their names during AJF Live, and also published interviews with them throughout the year to learn more about their work.

Mallory Weston, Optical Alocasia Necklace #1, 2020, anodized titanium, leather, cotton, thread, 711 x 127 x 6 mm, photo: artist

We Added 16 Items to Our Digital Library
Among them:

  • The exhibition catalog for Lynn Batchelder: Remains, organized by Gallery Loupe
  • Slice: Biodigital Jewelry, the brochure for Paul McClure’s show at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
  • The Truth—Mine and Yours, curated by Ariel Lavian
  • The auction catalog for Worn to Be Alive, from Quittenbaum Art Auctions
  • The exhibition catalog for Bettina Speckner: Navegar é Preciso (Sailing Is Necessary), at Galeria Tereza Seabra
  • The exhibition brochure for American Jewelry: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery
Exhibition view, Slice: Paul McClure, photo courtesy of Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h

By the Numbers: 2022’s Publishing

  • 15 interviews
  • 12 reviews
  • 16 photo essays
  • 4 remembrances of people our community lost
  • 16 articles and press releases
  • 11 AJF Live events
  • 2 trips
  • 2 in-person panel discussions
  • 24 installments of OMG, Have You Heard—our bimonthly news report, which is enriched by finds from Carrie Yodanis
  • 23 On Offers, in which we tempt you with new jewelry from our member galleries

We appreciate everyone who writes for AJF and contributes to the organization—we couldn’t do it without you! AJF is always looking for article submissions and writers. Please submit your proposals or share any of your ideas for articles.

Next year promises more fascinating stories about art jewelry. It’s such a pleasure to produce this programming for you. If you enjoy it and aren’t already a member of our organization, please consider joining AJF. (See the benefits of membership here.) Prefer to make a one-time donation? Go here.

Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023—one that overflows with art jewelry!

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