A LETTER FROM THE AJF BOARD CHAIR
If you want to experience the energy of the contemporary jewelry world and feel part of the community, Munich in March is the place to be. For the past 50 years, the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria has assembled an exhibition called Schmuck, which includes the prestigious Herbert Hofmann awards and more than 60 exhibitions and events scattered around the city. This annual assembly of jewelers and exhibitions has grown so tremendously that now it is impossible to see everything or talk to everyone. Schmuck is an indication of the growth and
vitality of the field.
Otto Künzli, Oh say!, 1991, brooch, gold, photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
As reliable reporters for AJF's online magazine, Ben Lignel, Marthe Le Van, Aaron Decker, and I spent four days in Munich running from one exhibit to the next. This offered us an opportunity to experience the experimental, the self reflective, and the best and the worst the field has to offer. We have taken the temperature of the place, and over the next few weeks, we will publish a series of articles to share our views. We hope you find them insightful and informative. Were you at Schmuck? What were your thoughts about what you saw?
Coming up next are a number of events listed for your convenience. If you will be attending the SNAG conference, please note that we are organizing a special dinner event for AJF members. Please come.
Wishing you joy on this spring day in California,
AJF Board Chair
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2013 ART JEWELRY FORUM ARTIST AWARD
Details on Top American Prize for an Emerging Art Jeweler Released
AJF is accepting applications for the 2013 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler. This is the 14th year the organization is awarding a cash prize to a contemporary artist. The amount of the 2013 award is $7500. The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler's work and to help advance her career.
Jurors selecting this year's prizewinner are: 2012 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award winner Noon Passama; Lindsay Pollack, Editor in Chief of Art in America and a collector of art jewelry; and Ruudt Peters, illustrious vanguard jeweler and professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy.
We encourage you to share this exciting opportunity with eligible jewelers. For detailed entry guidelines, please visit our website.
WHAT YOU MISSED
Munich dinner, photo: Susan Cummins
The AJF dinner in Munich was SOLD OUT and spilling out of the private room into the dining room itself. The conversations were lively and energetic. It was very gratifying to be so warmly embraced by the international community, and so of course, we will do it again next year.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: Collective.1 Design Fair, New York, New York
Hudson River Park's Pier 57, photo:
AJF members are invited to attend Collective.1
, a new design fair in New York City taking place at Pier 57 from May 8 to
May 11, 2013. AJF member galleries Ornamentum
and Sienna Gallery
are offering VIP passes to AJF members on request. Please contact these galleries directly.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: SNAG Conference, Toronto, Canada
The Society of North American Goldsmiths is holding their annual conference in Toronto from May 15 to May 18, 2013. The conference, titled "Meta Mosaic," celebrates diverse activity in jewelry and metalsmithing in the twenty-first century.
For a conference overview and to register, visit the SNAG website. Make your plans to go now.
Of special note: former AJF editor Damian Skinner will deliver a talk at the conference. Don't miss it.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: AJF Dinner in Toronto
|Vagabondo Restaurant, photo: Vagabondo|
AJF will hold a special dinner for members during the SNAG conference in Toronto on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:00pm. We will be dining in a private room at the Italian restaurant Vagabondo
, which is a short walk from the conference hotel.
The dinner will cost $55, and you can sign up to attend on the website. Please feel free to bring a friend.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: ASJRA Tour in New York
Tampa Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels,
photo: Forbes Galleries
Elyse Karlin invites AJF members to an all-day event organized b
y ASJRA (Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts) on May 31, 2013 in New York City. The itinerary includes: a curator's tour of Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age at The Forbes Galleries; lunch at DiFiore Marquet Café (one block from The Forbes Galleries); and a walking tour of Greenwich Village led by ASJRA member Anita Taub. Anita will point out landmarks unfamiliar to many longtime New York City residents. Artists Donna Distefano and John Hatleberg will be at The Forbes Galleries to talk about their work in the exhibition. The cost for this excursion is $150, and it includes lunch and an exhibition catalog.
Space is limited to 20 people.
Email Elyse Karlin to make a reservation.
CALENDAR ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: Amsterdam Trip CHANGE OF DATE
Rijksmuseum, photo: Myra May
Due to high hotel charges and a lack of good rooms available in September, we have changed the dates of the AJF trip to Amsterdam.
The NEW DATES are OCTOBER 10-14, 2013.
We will start with a dinner on the evening of October 10th and follow with four full days of events. Our main hotel is the Sofitel, located in the heart of the city.
Please let us know your interest, and make your reservations now for the best rates.
UPDATE ON THE AUCTIONS
Harry Bertoia, 1943-50, photo: LAMA
During the March auctions at Sotheby's 20th Century Design, Rago Modern, and Quittenbaum's Design, none of the jewelry sold. You can now go the appropriate websites and buy the pieces directly for the low estimate.
LAMA Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 19, 2013
Harry Bertoia brooch, estimate $10,000-$15,000
LAMA March auction results:
Harry Bertoia brooch, sold for $21,875
Ed Levin brooch, sold for $500
Skinner March 12 auction results:
Lot 108 Robert Lee Morris bangle, estimate $200-$300, sold for $450
Lot 110 Robert Lee Morris cuff, estimate $300-$500, sold for $960
Lot 111 Robert Lee Morris armlet, estimate $500-$700, sold for $1140
Lot 112 Robert Lee Morris necklace and earrings, estimate $400-$600, sold for $1440
Lot 114 Art Smith earrings, estimate $1300-$1500, sold for $2640
Lot 115 Art Smith brooch, estimate $400-$600, sold for $1020
Lot 116 Art Smith neck ring, estimate $2000-$4000, sold for $3690
Lot 117 Art Smith ear pendants, estimate $800-$1200, unsold
Lot 118 Art Smith bracelet, estimate $2500-$3500, sold for $4674
Lot 119 Art Smith ring, estimate $800-$1200, sold for $923
Lot 145 Wiener Werkstätte necklace, estimate $3000-$5000, sold for $5400
MEET THE GALLERIES
France is famous for the company jewel, but there are independents who need representation, too. Galerie Elsa Vanier has stepped in to give them a place to show what they can do. Elsa Vanier answers questions posed by Susan Cummins.
|Galerie Elsa Vanier, photo: Elsa Vanier|
Susan Cummins: How would you describe the type of jewelry you show?
Elsa Vanier: I show various types of jewelry. It can have an antique feel to it. It can be very bold--large volumes in stainless steel or titanium with or without gemstones, and even resin. (I select non-precious material from an artist only when she also works with gold). I am offering a venue to those talented artists who do not find the adequate space in France. Read more...
This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website
|Gravers Lane Gallery|
April 2 - 27, 2013
Galerie Rosemarie Jäger
April 7 - 28, 2013
|Klimt 02 Gallery|
Mari Ishikawa: Landscape
April 18 - May 10, 2013
May 18 - June 16, 2013
April 27 - May 22, 2013
April 20 - May 20, 2013
|WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEBSITE |
|AJF FEATURED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
|Otto Kunzli: Die Ausstellung
Die Neue Sammlung, Pinokotek Moderne
March 9 - April 7, 2013
Transit: Contemporary Jewellery from Israel
March 1 - April 13, 2013
Chicks on Speed and Lisa Walker present
Touch Me Baby I'm Bodycentric, a Multimodalplosion!
Wellington, New Zealand
March 2 - April 21, 2013
From the Coolest Corner
The National Museum, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
January 19 - April 21, 2013
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Through April 21, 2013
Helen Britton: The Things I See
Die Neue Sammlung (New Museum of Arts and Design)
February 7 - April 28, 2013
Wear It or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions
Museum of Arts and Design
New York, New York, USA
March 12 - June 2, 2013
Adornments & Delights: Five Jewelers Courting Nature
Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Through June 16, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts
July 19, 2011 - July 1, 2014
From Picasso to Koons: the Artist as Jeweler
Bass Museum of Art
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
March 15 - July 21, 2013
Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age
The Forbes Galleries
New York, New York, USA
March 16 - September 7, 2013
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger
Museum of Arts and Design
New York, New York, USA
June 25 - September 22, 2013
What is it that renders contemporary jewelry precious?
From our Reserve Holdings: Inauguration of a New Permanent Exhibition Room Devoted to Contemporary Jewelry
Musee de Design et d'arts Appliquies Contemorains (MUDAC)
Ongoing from October 19, 2012
On the home page of our new website, there is a changing list of the interesting, strange, and wonderful ways that contemporary jewelry is hitting the headlines. Find out what has been attracting our curiosity at AJF Recommends...