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Exhibition catalog for "Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty." As Fuller marked its 50-year anniversary in 2019, it turned to gold to commemorate this milestone with "Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty" in its Stone and Barstow galleries. This invitational project explores the storied traditions, contemporary interpretations, skillful applications, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic material, while investigating the multitude of cultural, material, and sociopolitical associations. For the 57 selected artists, gold remains central to their work as they delve far deeper than embellishment or decorative effect. This landmark exhibition celebrates the museum’s rich past as it plans for its future—and shines a light on all things golden.

The exhibition was co-curated by Fuller Craft Museum Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Beth McLaughlin and Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, curator, and former editor of "Metalsmith" magazine. Among the exhibition themes explored are avarice, vanity, consumption, environmental consequences, power, divinity, cultural and social measures, alchemy, repair/kintsugi, artifice, transformation, and the body. Exhibited works include craft media as well as fine art mediums, fully reflecting Fuller Craft’s dual histories as both a fine art institution and a craft museum.

Title: 
Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty
Author(s): 
Beth McLaughlin, Suzanne Ramljak, Denise Lebica, Stuart Kestenbaum
Artist(s): 
Curtis Arima, Boris Bally, Timothy Berg, David Bielander, Jana Brevick, Kathy Buszkiewicz, Kat Cole, Andy Cooperman, Sophie Coryndon, Claire Curneen, Olga de Amaral, Bouke de Vries, Peter Diepenbrock, Georg Dobler, Karl Fritsch, Susie Ganch, Luis Gispert, Caroline Gore, Lisa Gralnick, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Chris Gustin, Matthew Hansel, John Hatleberg Tom Herman, Takefumi Hori, Mary Hu, John Iverson, Consuelo Jimenez-Underwood, Dan Jocz, Lauren Kalman, Susan Kingsley, Lisa Kirk, Esther Knobel, Otto Künzli, Hew Locke, Nancy Lorenz, Anina Major, Marta Mattson, Esperanza Mayobre, Rebekah Myers, Barbara Nanning, Rashaad Newsome, Gary Noffke, Ted Noten, Cornelia Parker, Rolando Peña, Mark Riegelman, Gerd Rothman, Bernhard Schobinger, Paul Scott, Anthony Sonnenberg, Roy Superior, Frank Tjepkema, Jennifer Trask, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Adam Whitney, Grethe Wittrock
Topic: 
art history, gold, craft, craft history, jewlery, criticism, exhibition catalog
Publication Year: 
2019
Institution: 
Fuller Craft Museum
Discipline: 
art history, metalsmithing, craft, goldsmithing
Relevant Country(s): 
USA
Material: 
gold
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