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No. 4 February 2007

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  • SOFA New York: AJF Sponsors Catherine Truman
  • AJF Helps MFA Houston Acquire Keith Lewis Piece
  • Mint Museum Expands Modern Jewelry Collection
  • Take Note!

  • AJF Helps MFA Houston Acquire Keith Lewis Piece
    Keith Lewis

    AJF made a contribution to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston that may have gone unnoticed by many AJF members. In 2006 the Museum was seeking funding support for the acquisition of “Neckpiece for Zymrina: a prostitute of Pompeii” by Keith Lewis. The museum desired to connect and contrast this important contemporary work with its collection of ancient Roman fresco paintings and classical jewelry. AJF, along with many individual AJF members, contributed funds which enabled the museum to add this master work to their jewelry collection.

    Beginning with the Helen Drutt bequest, the Houston museum has made a serious commitment to collecting and displaying significant contemporary art jewelry. The museum felt Lewis’s finely crafted neckpiece with its historic references would be an important addition to their collection, enabling a comparative dialog between classical and contemporary jewelry. Keith Lewis is very appreciative for both the recognition by the museum and the support the acquisition received from AJF and its members.

    Please visit the AJF website for news on other important programs and contributions we have made to provide opportunities for art jewelry to by enjoyed and appreciated.

    Image: “Neckpiece for Zymrina: a prostitute of Pompeii” 2002 (neckpiece with 5 pins) sterling silver, fine silver, 24K gold plate, enamel on copper, pearls. Entire piece: 26 cm dia., largest pin: 6 x 11 x 1 cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    Mint Museum Expands Modern Jewelry Collection

    The Mint Museum of Craft + Design has focused on raising capital to expand its contemporary international jewelry collection. The museum will add breadth and dimension to it’s collection by acquiring contemporary jewelry works that exhibit innovation, and originality and distinction in design. The end goal is to assemble a collection which will chronicle original conceptual and technical developments.

    Assisting the museum in the search for the rare, the unusual and the nearly unobtainable is AJF member and jewelry collecting pioneer Susan Beech. Susan is working with the museum to build the collection, and the museum staff continues to benefit from her extensive knowledge and critical commentary.

    Among the many fine works the museum collected at SOFA Chicago 2006 were works by Lisa Gralnick, Sergey Jivetin, Ruudt Peters, Annamaria Zanella and Katja Prin. These acquisitions illustrate the physical and imaginative exploration of nontraditional materials by artists from across the globe to create alluring and wearable works of art.

    Image: Annamaria Zenella, Brooch, 2006 silver enamel gold and pigment. Photo: courtesy of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design

    Take Note!

    • SOFA has announced that Opening Night will move to Thursday evening, May 31. For more information use the "Quick Link" to visit the SOFA website.

    • Use the "Quick Links" to visit the AJF website for news about our 2007 trips to Boston (May 20 - 21) and Houston (Sept. 26 - 30).

    • If you overlooked renewing your AJF membership, take a few minutes to send your renewal to us today.

    • If you have exhibition or museum news to share send us an email using the "Quick Links".

    • Invite a friend to join AJF.

    SOFA New York: AJF Sponsors Catherine Truman
    Truman 2

    AJF is pleased to sponsor Australian artist Catherine Truman’s speaking engagement at SOFA New York in June. Catherine is co-founder of Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide, Australia. Established in 1985, it is one of Australia’s longest running contemporary jewelry studios. Her work has always been informed by a strong political consciousness. In recent work she investigates the authenticity of the images we carry about our personal anatomy. The resulting objects, characteristically carved from wood or wax, are not exact anatomical replicas but rather evoke sensory responses of physical recognition and resemblance.

    Catherine explains, “I am a maker of objects for and about the human body. My current interests lie in the ways in which human anatomy has been translated through artistic process and scientific method - how the experience of living inside a body has been given meaning.

    The interior of the body is a concealed territory - the less we see the more we imagine. I’m interested in how we reveal and conceal the unfamiliar - the unaccustomed, the invisible. A curiosity of the very nature of the human body itself has always been a potent resource for the subject matter of my work and my choice of medium.”

    Truman has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections. Currently she is a Fine Arts masters by research candidate at Monash University.

    Image: Yellow #3 (brooch), 2006 carved English lime wood, paint, shu nihu ink, 80 x 110 x 40mm. Photo by Grant Hancock

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