|A LETTER FROM THE AJF BOARD CHAIR|
Happy New Year!
We're off and running in 2013 with boundless enthusiasm. We hope you had the opportunity to take advantage of one or more of our activities last year and that our monthly newsletter kept you entertained and informed. Like you, our passion for contemporary jewelry is strong and continues to grow. Thanks so much for your help and support.
2012 WAS FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME STANDOUTS:
|Ted Noten's 2012 AJF pin|Launched New Website
We published insightful original content several times a week.
What other organization produces this much?
27 Book Reviews
13 Exhibition Reviews
191 Total Posts
|2012 EAA winner Noon Passama Sanpatchayapong, Twisted Chain |
We offered 11 opportunities to meet, study, and mingle with art jewelry enthusiasts worldwide. These included exclusive tours of public and private collections, curator- and artist-led walkthroughs, private dinners, and complimentary VIP passes to art fairs.
2012's Exhibition Grant went to Randy Long and Nicole Jacquard from Indiana University for Shift: Contemporary Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry. 2012's Emerging Artist Award was given to Noon Passama Sanpatchayapong.
Commissioned Member Pin
Ted Noten, Artist of the Year in the Netherlands, designed a pin exclusively for supporters.
AJF's new editor Benjamin Lignel
Surveyed the Membership & the Field
Thank you for weighing in on how we're doing. Your responses help shape the future of our organization.
Increased the Board of Directors
Four new members were added this year: Marion Fulk, Doug Bucci, Bella Neyman, and Jenni Sorkin
2013 - EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE PLANS:
Benjamin Lignel takes the reins as our new editor.
|Lola Brooks' 2013 AJF pin|
Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective
will be promoted by workshops, lectures, discussions, and signings. We're partnering with museums, schools, galleries, and private collectors in different communities. The West Coast tour will feature Benjamin Lignel and Namita Wiggers. Damian Skinner will headline the East Coast tour with other participants, and a European tour is in the works.
Commissioned Member Pin
Lola Brooks made our 2013 membership pin. It is a beautiful, shiny gem.
Reevaluating Award Program
We remain committed to supporting individual artists, research, and scholarship, and are taking a close look at how we can improve our existing programs.
Upcoming AJF 2013 trip to Amsterdam
Look for announcements throughout the year.
Amsterdam in Depth
Travel with us to the Netherlands in October 2013, and experience a one-of-a-kind, jewelry-centric itinerary!
So there you have it! We are looking forward to lots of fresh approaches to writing about jewelry and to celebrating this wonderful field we're all so committed to supporting.
Happy new year and best wishes,
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CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: Schmuck in Munich
The annual gathering of jewelers and jewelry enthusiasts will take place in Munich again from March 6-10. This year, there are two sorely needed attempts to organize maps and locations for all the shows that pop up during that time. Current Obsession is working on a map and list and so is Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: Conference & Exhibition in Oslo, Norway
|The Northern Lights in 2012, Northern Norway, photo: John Stenersen|
Oslo in January? Yup.
The incorrigible will gather from January 14-18 in the dark to celebrate contemporary jewelry. Coolest Corner includes an exhibition, conference, workshop, and catalog.
It sounds like a wonderful event.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: Residency in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Francoise van den Bosch Foundation invites jewelry artists to apply for a two month working period (May and June 2013) in a studio apartment near the center of Amsterdam. It is the third time the foundation has offered this opportunity to live and work in one of the most active jewelry communities in the world.
|Lips, brooch, fabricated by Henryk Kaston for Salvador Dali, 18K yellow gold, cultured pearl, and rubies |
Earl Pardon brooch sold for $2750
Clars Auction Gallery
Salvador Dali jewelry
Ruby lips sold for $15,000
Tristan and Isolde brooch sold for $4000
Pomegranate Heart brooch sold for $7500
Honeycomb Heart brooch sold for $3500
LAMA- Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Alexander Calder brooch sold for $37,500
Jean Arp brooch sold for $30,000
WHAT YOU MISSED: Miami Fairs
Attending the Miami fairs was an overwhelming experience. There were acres and acres of booths and thousands of artworks to see. The jewelry was mostly concentrated at the Design Miami fair with a couple of booths at the Red Dot fair. The best overview I have come upon isn't directly about the design fair. Rather, it is an interview with almost all the galleries showing jewelry there. Written by Brook Mason for Modern Magazine, the article is called The New Art de Vivre: Five Dealers in Artist Jewelry Discuss the Market.
CONNECTIONS WE MADE: Chicago SOFA
|Kiff Slemmons, Huipil|
As a result of the Kiff Slemmons talk we sponsored at SOFA Chicago, freelance journalist Amy Yee wrote an article for the International Herald Tribune which shows up on the New York Times website. The title of the article is A Jewelry Maker Who Goes Far Beyond Metal. We will acknowledge that Kiff is an amazing speaker and artist, but we can take some credit for creating an opportunity for the mainstream press to pick up on this story.
|CONNECTIONS WE MADE:
Art Alliance show with Emily Cobb & Mari and Peter Shaw's collection
|Nicole Polentas, Hatt-1 Humayun, 2011 |
Bella Neyman, our new board member and an aspiring writer, came along on the Philadelphia trip in November. Consequently, she wrote a post for her blog called Emily Cobb and Nicole Polentas: Jewelry That Tells a Story, Both Fiction and Nonfiction.
MEET THE CURATORS
Nancy Worden, Frozen Dreams, 2004
The AJF website has many layers of information and articles. Perhaps there is a section or two you haven't visited? Here's a taste of one of our Museum Profiles, an interview by Damian Skinner with Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum.
Damian Skinner: Has contemporary jewelry always been collected by the museum?
Rock Hushka: We started collecting in the early 1990s, right after we did a Ken Cory project. The jewelry collection is the fastest growing component of our permanent collection. I've tried to be really thoughtful about how we grow it. I've been a little bit conservative in a certain way, in that I've always focused more on narrative jewelry rather than wearable, purely decorative, more production-line stuff. I've shied away from that because it's easier to tell the story to a visitor. Artists like Nancy Worden or Ken Cory or Laurie Hall or Kiff Slemmons have really infused their works with certain kinds of meaning, so to preserve that history has been first and foremost on my docket. But now that I'm feeling a little bit more comfortable with the history and the tradition and the makers, I've slowly been bringing in other kinds of work. Although, in a museum context, its way easier if there's narrative content.
MEET OUR GALLERIES: THE AJF QUESTIONNAIRE
Lisa Walker, Blue Pendant, 2011
This month's AJF Questionnaire is featured on the website. It was handled jointly by Susan Cummins and Kamal Nassif and answered by Katie Scott of Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia.
Kamal Nassif: How would you describe the Melbourne jewelry scene in an international context? What do you think are key qualities that identify works as Australian?
Katie Scott: That's a tricky question. I'm not an expert on the Melbourne jewelry scene by any means. There are galleries here that specialize much more in that area. I would say that we have one of the most vibrant, active scenes in the world. We have university programs at Monash University and RMIT, excellent TAFE programs (all of which soldier on despite savage cuts in funding) and galleries that represent all points on the spectrum between commercial and art jewelry. That means there are a lot of makers and a lot of exposure to the craft here. I don't think it's going too far to say that contemporary jewelry is part of the city's identity. Read more...
|WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEBSITE |
|AJF FEATURED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, Florida
Curated by Jo Lauria
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
Until January 6, 2013
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
MMKA, Arnhem, The Netherlands
November 24 - January 27, 2013
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany
October 26, 2012 - January 27, 2013
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
July 20, 2012 - February 3, 2013
Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
January 18 - February 10, 2013
Design Museum, London, England
December 5, 2012 - March 3, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
July 19, 2011 - July 1, 2014
Musee de Design et d'arts Appliquies Contemorains (MUDAC), Lausanne, Switzerland
Ongoing from October 19, 2012
Neuesmuseum Staatliches Museum Fur Kunst und Design, Nurnberg, Germany
On the home page of our new website we have a changing list of the interesting, strange, and wonderful ways that contemporary jewelry is hitting the headlines. Why not find out what has been attracting our curiosity at AJF Recommends.