Quirky, Playful, and Humorous

The book North By Northwest is engaging, informative, and very ably researched, with a lively graphic design Its large format is well-suited to presenting Laurie Hall’s work, which often consists of big narrative neckpieces with many components The authors present individual pieces with relevant backstories, personal circumstances, and useful explanations about social and historical references […]

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Kairos, Serendipity, and Balance

Susanne Altmann, Patti Bleicher, Karl Bollmann, and Olga Zobel Biró, Margit Jäschke: Kairos (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2022). Kairos, a bilingual publication (in German and English), was published in 2022. It marked the occasion of four monographic exhibitions celebrating the work of visual artist and jewelry designer Margit Jäschke (1962). The Grassimuseum and Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim,

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A Universe in a Book

Manfred Bischoff: Ding Dong, Rike Bartels, ed., with contributions by Cornelie Holzach, Liesbeth den Besten, Matthew Drutt, Helen W. Drutt English, and Karl Bollmann, book design by Gabi Veit (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2021). Even for those of us who love and are surrounded by books, every once in a while there will be one that comes

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Things Fall Apart

Réka Fekete, A Dance of Light and Shadow, self-published, 2021. Réka Fekete doesn’t have much time left. There is a time in our lives when things fall apart and we feel unable to control the slow collapse. It happens to all of us. Réka doesn’t want to have a recurring cancer at age 39. She

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Form, Function, Expression

Deganit Stern Schocken: How Many Is One: Jewellery/Objects/Installations, Stuttgart: arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2021. Like her jewelry, the title of Deganit Stern Schocken’s monograph, How Many Is One, is intriguing, stimulating, not easily unraveled, but rewarding when you pry deeper. Even the first word “How” in the unpunctuated title is challenging as it can be read

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Signs of Life

Lin Cheung, Tomfoolery: Objects & Jewellery. London: Tomfoolery Publishing UK, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9572988-0-4    For those not well versed in the artful linguistic gymnastics of London’s East End, tomfoolery is Cockney rhyming slang for jewellery. It is also defined in the dictionary as foolish behavior, utter nonsense, rubbish, and it is in the space between these

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Gerd Rothmann: Catalog Raisonné 1967-2008

It’s not often you see an art book whose text is more interesting than the photographs. But such is the case with this retrospective catalog of the work of Gerd Rothmann. The hefty 404-page book shows the artist’s entire oeuvre (or at least everything he documented) from 1967 to 2008. The 589 photographs give a good idea of Rothmann’s changing styles and there are occasional full-page illustrations of some of his most distinctive pieces. But the text is a must-read for every collector, whether or not they know or care about the work itself.

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