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Exhibition view, Hearts + Flowers

Why You Want It

Hearts + Flowers September 16–November 12, 2021 In the Gallery at Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY, US In Hearts + Flowers, jewelry and hand-held objects explore the topic or format of the souvenir in some way. The show started as an open call-for-entry curated by Jessica Andersen and Leslie Shershow. The exhibition is organized into loose …

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the cover of Quiet Elegance: The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty

A Tasteful Tribute to an Exquisite Aesthetic

Quiet Elegance: The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty, ed. Matthew Drutt, with contributions by Bruce W. Pepich, Matthew Drutt, and Helen W. Drutt English. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2020. It is a well-established fact that European contemporary jewelers are better represented with beautifully designed, fully illustrated, scholarly monographs than their American counterparts, regardless of the latters’ …

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The Wanderings of the Danish State-Owned Jewelry Collection

Werke und Tage March 10–August 30, 2020 Staatliche Antikensammlung, Munich, Germany Danish Jewellery Box March 13–August 1, 2021 Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, Cologne, Germany Since 1974, regularly changing committees in the Danish Arts Foundation (founded in 1964) have acquired artworks from all artistic disciplines, including applied arts. Its national jewelry collection (comprising about 350 …

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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 …

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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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