Contemporary American Art Jewelry

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Jewelry as art is America's most provocative current art form. This is jewelry that must be evaluated, like fine art, for its ideas, inventions, intuitions, and content rather than for its precious materials or conformity to tradition. Yet it is art that can be worn, and as such has a unique advantage over all other mediums in its direct contact with the body, giving it an engaging intimacy. Since World War II, the field of art jewelry has bloomed prodigiously, thanks to the talents of a richly diverse group of ...
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Overview

Jewelry as art is America's most provocative current art form. This is jewelry that must be evaluated, like fine art, for its ideas, inventions, intuitions, and content rather than for its precious materials or conformity to tradition. Yet it is art that can be worn, and as such has a unique advantage over all other mediums in its direct contact with the body, giving it an engaging intimacy. Since World War II, the field of art jewelry has bloomed prodigiously, thanks to the talents of a richly diverse group of practitioners who have explored the range of the art and the possibilities of the craft. Here, Susan Grant Lewin profiles 54 of the best artist/jewelers among a growing number who speak to jewelry's history and traditions as well as addressing contemporary conceptual and cultural issues. These 54 jewelers are showcased here with individual profiles, illustrated with several examples of their work, all reproduced in full color. A much-needed overview of this exciting new area, One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today discusses the definition of art jewelry, presents a history of the studio jewelry movement in America tracing the developments that have led up to the current period, and explores art jewelry's bonds with contemporary sculpture. Two forewords open the book: one by noted art critic Barbara Rose, who looks at the historical context of jewelry by artists and jewelry in art, and the other by Jack Lenor Larsen, America's foremost artist/artisan/designer. There are also essays by Suzanne Ramljak, editor-in-chief of Sculpture magazine, and art historian Toni Greenbaum. A glossary, bibliography, and index complete the book.
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Barbara Jacobs
The strange shapes and odd materials forming the jewelry sold in metropolitan arts and crafts fairs is elucidated, explained, and, finally, exhibited in this first populist salute to art jewelry. Even so, notes editor Lewin, it's easy to dismiss the intricacies and meanings of this small-scale sculpture, since it's far removed in design and concept from conventional jewelry. Two essays first examine the influences and underpinnings of wearable art, tracking its beginnings from the 1940s with the formation of the American Crafts Council to its 1990s expressions. But the best way to become acquainted with this melding of precious, natural, and found objects is through the brief biographies and striking color photographs of the work of more than 50 artist practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810931985
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/1994
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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