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On Collecting


Why and how do people and institutions collect contemporary objects, whether design, art, ceramics, textiles, wood, or jewelry?

The answers to these questions are of course manifold, but one thing is for sure: There is big difference between private and public collecting in the US and Europe, and the art and design fairs are playing an increasingly important role in reaching potential collectors.

On May 5, during an exciting week of art and design fairs—Frieze, NADA and Collective Design—Dr. Glenn Adamson, the former director of MAD, and Lindsay Pollock, the editor-in-chief of Art in America and a collector of art jewelry, met to discuss these topics with moderator André Gali (editor of Norwegian Crafts).

The event, a collaborative effort between Norwegian Crafts, Galleri Format Oslo, and Art Jewelry Forum, was held at the residence of the Royal Norwegian Consul General in New York City. It showcased the conversation between Adamson and Pollock, two book presentations, and a Nordic brunch.

A selection of collectors, curators, artists, and other voices in the field of crafts was present to enjoy the conversation, and some, like renowned jewelry collector and former gallerist Helen Drutt, were eager to share their experience of collecting. We filmed it all and share the video with you here.


  • André Gali

    Andre Gali is editor-in-chief of Norwegian Crafts Magazine and series editor of Documents on Contemporary Crafts. He is also the founding editor of the Nordic art quarterly Kunstforum and the website, founded in 2009. Gali holds a master’s degree in theater theory with a thesis entitled Andy Warhol Superstar: On the Artist Myth, Media and Mechanical Theatricality (2005). He has contributed to several catalogs and books, among them Crafting Exhibitions (editor, Norwegian Crafts, 2015), Reinhold Ziegler: Cosmic Debris (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2014), Aftermath of Art Jewellery (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2013), Museum for Skills (editor, Norwegian Crafts, 2013), Morten Andenæs: Skyldfolk (Teknisk Industri, 2012), and Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorum Mechanum (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2011).

    Photo: Aftermath of Art Jewellery

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