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The Making of a (Counterculture) Jeweler

Susan Cummins, Damian Skinner, and Cindi Strauss, In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2020 The cover of the book In Flux, image courtesy Arnoldsche Art Publishers In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture traces the figures, aesthetics, and techniques that blur distinctions between cultural turmoil and studio jewelry. Authors Susan …

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The Alchemists

Helen Britton is an eminent contemporary artist whose art transforms the profane into the precious. Elena Alvarez Lutz has now turned her philosophy into a film. This review is based on the documentary’s German premier at Dok.Fest Munich. Alvarez Lutz has submitted the documentary to film festivals around the globe, so you should have an opportunity to …

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Bill Reid, Hinged “Abacus” Bracelet

Well Made

To Speak with a Golden Voice July 16, 2020–April 11, 2021 Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver, Canada “One basic quality unites all of the works of mankind that speak to us in human, recognizable voices across the barriers to time, culture, and space: the simple quality of being well made.” —Bill Reid …

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All Is Possible

All Is Possible: Mary Ann Scherr’s Legacy in Metal February 21—December 23, 2020 Thomas E. Cabaniss Historic Residence, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, US Mary Ann Scherr, All Is Possible, n.d., cuff, sterling silver, from the collection of Suijin Li Snyder, photo: Jason Dowdle All Is Possible …

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Surreal Yet More Accessible

Extraordinaire! February 26–August 30, 2020 mudac, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland The mudac’s current exhibition invites you to take a dreamlike stroll through the old walls of the Maison Gaudard, its various rooms full of unusual objects. It’s a way of paying homage to this historic building in the old town …

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Exploring the Use of Organic Materials in Jewelry

Animalia—Collection of Splendor & Pastel January 19–August 30, 2020 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands The exhibition Animalia contains pastels, objects, and jewelry depicting animals, such as Helen Britton’s spider brooch or Alexander Blank’s evil rabbit. Some are also made of animals: bone, for example, a fly, or a stuffed wattlebird turned into a necklace by …

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Planet Glitter

Pipe in a case, Western Europe, 19th century, coral, gold, paste gems, 80 mm long, collection Hermitage Museum St Petersburg, photo courtesy of Hermitage Amsterdam Jewels! The Glitter of the Russian Court September 14, 2019–May 3, 2020 Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Room after room in the exhibition Jewels! The Glitter of the Russian Court …

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Fearlessly Self-Made

Drag Power – Gender, pride & glamour November 3, 2019–March 1, 2020 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands Curated by Paul Derrez, Willem Hoogstede, and Roosmarij Deenik R’JEAN by Arjan van Nieuwkoop, Angelina Loqui, photo from the series Drag Royals Each Side Has a Face, 2018, photo courtesy of CODA The exhibition Drag Power – Gender, …

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Fabulously Ordinary

Lyle Reimer, Lyle XOX: Head of Design. New York: Rizzoli, 2019. Let’s push the conversation about art jewelry by looking at a makeup artist from the drag and fashion world who photographs himself while wearing trash on his head, shall we? Lyle Reimer’s fantastic assemblages, captured with formal portrait photography, are collected in Rizzoli’s stunning …

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