Theory of Craft

Demo Job: Craft, Art, and the Politics of Demonstration

Marina Abramović (left) performing The Artist Is Present, 2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, photo: Andrew Russeth Here’s a little guideline for art world success: If you’re an artist staging a performance in a gallery, do as little as humanly possible. For her exhibition The Artist Is Present, Marina Abramović famously held court …

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Capture and Disarm

Attendees fill the Washington State History Museum auditorium, photo: Lindsey Snell The SMG aims to assemble an annual event with diverse programming to support the metals community across the Northwest. The Protective Ornament curator and current Metalsmith editor, Suzanne Ramljak, was the welcome keynote to this year’s lecture series. Ramljak’s opening presentation, All Is Fair …

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Against Criticism: Seven Variations on an Unpleasant Theme, part 2

Art Jewelry Forum and Klimt02 partnership Hence my excitement when Pravu Mazumdar agreed to develop his own thoughts on the role of the critique, in a two-part essay titled Against Criticism. This is the second part of Pravu’s essay, in which he focuses on the critical writing of Bruce Metcalf.   6. In the following …

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Against Criticism: Seven Variations on an Unpleasant Theme, part 1

Over the month of August (as part of our lighter summer reads!) we published a five-part series on criticality, as part of a partnership with Klimt02, under the label “the AJF feed.” The five essays, although diverse, all embraced the idea that criticality is a good thing, and that criticism is a necessary compost for …

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Jewellery Conversations

In 2011, Fran Allison, with the aid of research funding from Manukau Institute of Technology, began conducting a series of videoed conversations with players from the contemporary jewelry scene. Makers, writers, and gallery owners in Europe, the UK, and New Zealand share with her their views on their own and current jewelry practices, with the …

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In Critical Condition

AJF and Klimt02 Partnership —Benjamin Lignel It is fitting that the words “critic” and “crisis” share the same root: the Greek krinein, meaning to separate, decide, judge. Indeed, this is a decisive moment for critical writing, which is currently in crisis mode. While the amount of commentary on art, and on contemporary jewelry, has increased …

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SNAG 2014 Lectures

These podcasts are provided to you through the joint efforts of SNAG and AJF. There are eight lectures in all, recorded during the 2014 SNAG Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. At this time, you can listen to Tanya Herrod give the keynote address, followed by Sofia Björkman of Platina Galerie, art historian Jenni Sorkin, and …

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