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ON AND OFF: JEWELRY IN THE WIDER CULTURAL FIELD. Ed. by Benjamin Lignel. Art Jewelry Forum, Mill Valley. 2016. 152 pp. with 109 ills. (104 col.) and 27 reference ills. 21 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780986422911 In English.
Publisher's description: Jewelry will meddle in human affairs. It will bear witness to transfers of authority, reveal alliances, stand proud over your scholastic achievements, or discreetly signal that no, not tonight, thank you very much. And of course, human affairs will in turn inform the conception, intended use, and abuse of jewelry. Contemporary work, in particular, is defined by the range of cultural references that it brings into the foreground and its willingness to tackle contentious issues. On and Off is a collection of 30 short essays on jewelry in the wider cultural realm, reflecting AJF's mission to report on contemporary practice. AJF's fifth publication depicts the ongoing conversation between incorporated social norms and creative agendas, exploring those phenomena that inform and complicate jewelry's history -- sex, domination, self-identification, the social, political, and private spheres. The collection as a whole invites some of the meatier subjects of human affairs to the jewelry table: cultural appropriation, social engineering, political propaganda, or jewelry mediated empowerment.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Jewelry
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 174671
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