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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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Jewelry That Raises (Too Many) Questions about the Body

Body Control November 2, 2019–January 26, 2020 Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands Exhibiton view, Body Control, 2019–2020, Museum Arnhem, The Netherlands, photo: Eva Broekema. Text panels introduce the subthemes Digital, Symbiosis, (Im)Perfection, Man/Woman?, Sexual Freedom, Upgrade and (Im)Mortal. Jewelry and fashion, worn on the body, can express concerns about issues in our society. It seems …

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Review of the ACC Present Tense Conference

The American Craft Council’s 2019 conference, Present Tense, was identified at the outset as a “national conversation on craft in an increasingly tense and complex present.” This theory turned into practice meant an ambitious schedule of lecture hall panels punctuated with “Object Story” interludes; tours to area galleries, art schools, and other places; workshops that …

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Hidden Treasures

De Keerzijde, Bloemlezing CODA Collectie June 27–October 6, 2019 CODA, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands De Keerzijde, Bloemlezing CODA Collectie (The Reverse Side, Anthology from the CODA Collection) is the first exhibition by CODA’s new jewelry curator, Vanessa de Gruijter, who started the job in January 2019. With her first show at CODA, de Gruijter focused on …

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Mana Hewitt: Persistence

Mana Hewitt: Persistence July 25–September 8, 2019 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC, USA Mana Hewitt’s solo exhibition, Persistence, displays a series of 60 unique medals made of etched brass, copper, sterling silver, and vitreous enamel. They recognize the courage and perseverance of women who have challenged societal perceptions, and feature leading figures including …

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Athens Jewelry Week 2018

When thinking about Athens, the rich history, culture, and picturesque travel brochures come to mind first. However, among the ancient ruins scattered around the city, Athens has a plethora of hip, one-of-a-kind spots that cater to the unique lifestyle and culture of the Mediterranean. A quaint gallery-tattoo parlor, bars with designated gallery spaces for pop-ups, …

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