Review Type: Exhibition Review

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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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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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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