Shows and Tales - On Jewelry Exhibition Making

Published: 14.09.2015
Shows and Tales - On Jewelry Exhibition Making.
Benjamin Lignel
Text by:
Glenn Adamson, Jivan Astfalck, Sarah Archer, Lizzie Atkins, David Beytelmann, Susanne Cummins, Liesbeth den Besten, Iris Eichenberg, Mónica Gaspar, Toni Greenbaum, Marthe Le Van, Benjamin Lignel, Jennifer Navva Milliken, Kellie Riggs, Damian Skinner, Cindi Strauss, Jorunn Veiteberg, Namita Gupta Wiggers
Edited by:
Art Jewelry Forum
Edited at:
Mill Valley
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Paperback with flaps, 264 pages, full color illustrations. 360 gms. Editor and designer: Benjamin Lignel
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While the question of exhibition making occupies an ever more important place in art theory, there has never been, thus far, a publication on the subject with jewelry as its focal point. This publication aims to remedy this absence, and provide an overview of jewelry exhibition history, an understanding of the challenges inherent to showing jewelry in public spaces (whether commercial, institutional or ephemeral), and some insight into what curation can do to jewelry objects.
The challenge of showing contemporary jewelry has given rise to a bubbling exhibition landscape, with amateurs and professionals playing musical chairs to a very D.I.Y. score. Artists mount exhibitions in their bedrooms. Museums invite amateurs to curate shows from their collections, and visitors to handle work. Collectors issue exhibition lists and detailed press releases. Students wearing jewelry parade the streets in white overalls.
Given how extremely busy jewelry curators have been over the last 60 years, it is surprising that the variety of their approaches is so rarely acknowledged, or taken seriously, as is the extent to which curation transforms our perception: there has never been, thus far, a publication on exhibition-making with jewelry as its focal point. 

Shows and Tales aims to remedy this absence. It addresses the question of "exhibiting jewelry" in several ways. It features:

• a series of commissioned articles on landmark exhibitions
• commissioned essays by, and discussions with, curators on the challenges of curating jewelry
• some of the best exhibition reviews from Art Jewelry Forum’s archives that track some recent experimentation with display strategies
• a detailed checklist of more than 30 exhibitions (list of collaborators, associated publications, number of visitors, budget, etc…)

Toni Greenbaum, a world-renowned art historian and curator specializing in 20th- and 21st-century jewelry and metalwork says:  
Finally, a book that puts contemporary jewelry in its place! Shows dedicated to modern and contemporary jewelry have a history that spans 70 years. Some of the most authoritative voices in the field today contribute essays that investigate all aspects of this international pursuit. Art Jewelry Forum is on the forefront of cogent publications within the discipline. Shows and Tales is an essential undertaking; it has the potential to further legitimize jewelry as an art form meriting theoretical discourse.

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