As part of AJF’s new partnership with Klimt02, this article has been publicized on their website under the label “the AJF feed.” Four more articles on the subject of criticality are being published this summer under this collaborative umbrella. (Please have a look at the first three, penned by Moyra Elliott, Clare Finin, and Damian […]
Theory of Craft
Criticism is a kind of art history done about new or recent objects. It involves judgment, but without the benefit of hindsight. Criticism is different to art history, which isn’t so concerned with judgment. Instead, art history explores the relationship of objects with each other, with history and with various aspects of society. Art history
Damian Skinner, Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 2013 Dr. Damian Skinner, renowned writer, contemporary jewelry critic, and editor of Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, recently led a workshop for students in the jewelry/metals program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His intent was to reshape
Damian Skinner, Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 26 September, 2013 His impeccable taste in jacket pins says it all: Damian Skinner is one of today’s foremost art jewelry scholars and historians. On September 26, 2013, our department had the honor of hosting him at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Dr.
Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, October 14–16, 2013 The San Diego State University jewelry and metalwork program had the pleasure of hosting Benjamin Lignel, editor of Art Jewelry Forum and contributing writer to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, for two days this October. Lignel gave a lecture on the
Liesbeth den Besten and Benjamin Lignel, Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, October 25, 2013 The art jewelry scene has been expanding exponentially in the past 10 years, both through online platforms with well-curated articles and images of jewelry and through more conventional outlets, such as museums, galleries,
Sponsored by California College of the Arts and The Rotasa Foundation Marginalized from mainstream culture, contemporary jewelers have started colonizing the spaces available to them to (re)define their practices and the field at large. In this joint lecture, Liesbeth den Besten and Benjamin Lignel, contributors to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, look at two facets of
The contemporary jewelry field is much less resilient to the use of words and texts than its craft heritage would have us believe. Words help us define our practice and describe (or dress up) our things. In fact, words are what we use to help these things graduate to the status of cultural goods. They
We believe that it was a particular level of interest in contemporary jewelry that prompted you to become a member of AJF. We assume you spend a sizable amount of your time looking at other platforms, reading books and reviews we have not read, seeing exhibitions we will not see—basically shaping an independent point of
Lauren Kalman, Hard Wear (Tongue Guilding), 2007 Hand + Made is the catalog for the 2010 exhibition of the same name, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. The publication features essays by Oliver, Glenn Adamson, and Namita Gupta Wiggers, along with rigorous catalog entries by Sarah G Cassidy. Both
Emmanuel Lacoste, Langues (Two Pieces) Tongue Jewel, 2006, fine gold Also Known As Jewellery* is a hybrid model, somewhere between a survey exhibition – seventeen of the best French or French-based jewelers who are contributing to the ‘spectacular evolution’ of contemporary jewelry in France – and an argument about what contemporary jewelry is and does.
I have a habit of making calendars, almost obsessively – in my sketchbook, by the computer and pinned up in my studio. So I know that it’s only been a month since I returned from Seattle and the SNAG conference, but it feels like a full season has passed. Somehow I’m still scrambling to avoid