SOFA Chicago and Outsider Art

Fossicking around the internet for information about SOFA Chicago, the big American applied arts fair held on November 5–7, 2010, I came across this report by Lauren Viera in the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Austerity Measures

Darren Waterston, Hpertrophy (crustacea), 2010, crabs, paint, courtesy of the artist and the Inman Gallery, Houston Hermann Jünger, Necklace, 1957, gold 1000/750, rubies, sapphires, moonstone, culture pearls, enamel, emeralds, exhibited at the Brussels World’s Fair 1958, donation of the artist to Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, courtesy of Die Neue Sammlung …

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Lauren Kalman Talks About Dichotomies of Place and Object

Lauren Kalman is curator of Dichotomies of Place and Object, an exhibition of South African contemporary jewelry that is currently showing in the United States. AJF asked her some questions about the exhibition and the work featured in it. Nanette Nel, Verkeerdom Protea Brooch, 2007, silicone, silver Dichotomies of Place and Object: Contemporary South African Studio …

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The Change We Can Wear

This essay was first published in Signs of Change: Jewellery Designed to Make a Better World (Perth: Form, 2010). The accompanying exhibition was held at FORM Gallery in Perth, Australia, from April 9–May 30, 2010. On the Tiger’s Back Helen Britton and Justine McKnigh, Necklace Brooch T-shirts We can see the contemporary jewelry movement playing …

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Notes on Excess

Erin Rose Gardner, Pink Things (brooch), 2009, silver, enamel paint and steel pin back, courtesy of the artist emiko oye, The Duchess 2 from ‘My First Royal Jewels Jewellery Collection 2008,’ 2008, repurposed LEGO®, rubber cord, sterling silver, courtesy of the artist Gemstones and the history of jewelry as a signifier of luxury (and decadence) …

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