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A lot of this month's newsletter is about Schmuck, the annual happenings in Munich in March. This event has grown to be THE place to be--to see and be seen--in the contemporary jewelry scene. You will meet all the people you have been reading about, and emailing with, in person. How this happened is still a bit of a mystery, but Otto Künzli probably had something to do with it, as did the International Design Museum and the Danner Rotunda Collection, and of course the sponsors of the exhibition itself, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Wolfgang Lösche. I hope to see a lot of you there, especially at the dinner mentioned below.


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A few people have made extra donations since the beginning of the year. Thank you to: 

Lois Boardman, Sienna Patti, Kiff Slemmons, and Barbara Waldman.  


Please find a list of all our members/donors on our website, and check out this list of people who have joined us: 
Yasar Aydin, Annette Dam, Jenny EdlundBrian Lang, Diana McConkey, and Julie Mullin.


They recently became part of the AJF community, which supports the important work we are doing. Thank you to each and every one of you.



AJF Gallery Member Velvet da Vinci has new website: www.velvetdavincigallery.com.



Our very own editor Ben Lignel will be speaking about some of the concepts discussed in the AJF book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective at the Paris College of Art, 15 rue Fenelon, Paris at 2:00pm. 
The talk is titled "Occupation(s): le bijou contemporain dans ses espaces." This lecture will be delivered as part of a two-day symposium titled "jewel(s). Contemporary practices face their discourses," organized by La garantie association pour le bijou in partnership with the Paris College of Art.
FEBRUARY 25, 2014


Rago Arts and Auction Center is looking for jewelry to consign for its jewelry auction on April 27, 2014. The consignment deadline is February 25, 2014. 


Contact them for further details.

MUNICH: MARCH 12-18, 2014

This year Schmuck, the gathering place for the international jewelry scene, is taking place from March 12-18 in Munich. The 2014 exhibition juror was Jorunn Veiteberg, and the "Modern Classic" choice is Dorothea Prühl.  


The participating artists are: Anne Achenbach, Tobias Alm, Sawa Aso, Rut-Malin Barklund, Peter Bauhuis, Nicole Beck, Alexander Blank, Iris Bodemer, Bas Bouman, Sungho Cho, Eunmi Chun, Kat Cole, Annette Dam, Rian de Jong, Laura Deakin, Peter Deckers, Paul Derrez, Bin Dixon-Ward, Georg Dobler, Iris Eichenberg, Réka Fekete, Benedikt Fischer, Kyoko Fukuchi, Antje Godglück, Andi Gut, Gesine Hackenberg, Cecilia Hecker, Hanna Hedman, Akihiro Ikeyama, Karin Johansson, Mareike Kanafani, Beppe Kessler, Ulrike Kleine-Behnke, Jun Konishi, Manon van Kouswijk, Marie-Louise Kristensen, Daniel Kruger, Dongchun Lee, Sally Marsland, Sharon Massey, Yutaka Minegishi, Shelley Norton, Maria Nuutinen, Kristi Paap, Noon Passama, Ruudt Peters, Lina Peterson, Nicole Polentas, Jo Pond, Alba Pont, Tabea Reulecke, Patricia Rodriguez, Mette Saabye, Karin Seufert, Despo Sophocleous, Christoph Straube, Jie Sun, Fumiki Taguchi, Anna Talbot, Sabina Tiemroth, Karola Torkos, Karen Vanmol, Gabi Veit, Andrea Wagner, Florian Weichsberger, and Wen-Miao Yeh.


Again this year, Current Obsession will be producing a map, and Kinga Zobel has a website and a Schmuck Finder for the month.

MUNICH: THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014, at 8:00 pm, Schmuck Dinner 

During Schmuck 2013, AJF hosted a sold-out dinner. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with others attending the festivities around town, and we want to repeat the success. We will gather at the same beautiful restaurant as last year. We have reserved a private room at the Restaurant Georgenhof on Friedrichstrasse 1 in Schwabing, Munich. To reserve a seat, you will need to be quick about signing up. The fee is $85 per person, and you must be a member of AJF. Please find the payment information here.



Galerie Marzee has kindly offered a small corner of its space at "Frame" in the International Crafts Fair hall near the Schmuck exhibition to allow AJF to sell the book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective as well as a new publication called The Best of AJF Interviews. 
Please come and say hello! 


The Danner Rotunda collection has been completely reinstalled in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and will open during
Schmuck. SUNY New Paltz has been asked to show work by its students in the space below the stairs. I believe this is the first time an American school has been invited to install in the museum for this yearly event. Both events will open on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00pm.


Pravu Mazumdar will be the Sunday morning speaker at the museum. He will speak at 11:00am on "Understanding Surfaces: On Jewellery and Identity."



The 2014 SNAG conference, called "From Grains to Gold," takes place from April 23-26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It looks like a spectacular lineup of speakers, including AJF board member Sofia Björkman, Sharon Church, Andy Cooperman, Lauren Fensterstock, Caroline Gore, Dr. Tanya Harrod, Mirjam Hiller, Rod Kelly, Cheryl Krismer, Marc Maiorana, Edgar Mosa, Kerianne Quick, George Sawyer, Jenni Sorkin, Rachel Timmins, and April Wood. 


There is also a series of speakers who are early in their career, including Venetia Dale, Seth Gould, Tova Lund, Seth Papac, and Gustav Reyes. Go to the SNAG website to learn all about the conference and sign up.



There are a number of openings and events during this week in New York City, and we couldn't resist organizing some curator tours, VIP passes, and gatherings. It will be a loosely planned trip so you can pick the things you want to do, but the main historic event for this field is the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the jewelry collection donated by Donna Schneier on May 12. MAD, the Museum of Arts & Design, will be opening a show the following night called "Multiple Images: Jewelry and Photography." From May 8-11, the Collective Design Fair will feature jewelry represented by Gallery Loupe, Ornamentum, and Sienna Gallery. There are numerous other fairs and museum shows in NYC at this time as well. We will have a comprehensive list out to you soon.


Located in the heart of Florence, Italy, Antonella Villanova's contemporary jewelry gallery can be found in the Renaissance Palazzo Ricasoli, where she features a delightful range of talent right along the Arno. But if you can't make it to Italy, you might find her at Design Miami/Basel, PAD Paris, or Collect in London, as bringing artists to an international design market while broadening contemporary jewelry's reach is the gallery's main priority.

Kellie Riggs:
When did your interest in contemporary jewelry begin, and how did that transform into a desire to open a gallery?


Antonella Villanova: The interest in contemporary jewelry was born about 10 years ago, at first with jewelry made by visuals artists, but I wasn't satisfied. After, I started looking at the world of gioiello d'artista as we call it in ItalianI eventually opened the gallery in 2008.

This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website
Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h 
Laissez-moi rêver 
February 7-16, 2014
J. Cotter Gallery 
These Were Trees 
December 2013-April 20, 2014
Marijke de Goey 
February 12-26, 20

Sienna Gallery
Lauren Kalman
February 8-March 23, 2014
Shibumi Gallery
Jo Hayes Ward & Polly Wales  February 8-24, 2014

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery 
Louder than Words 
February 5-March 5, 2014

On the home page of our 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...