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Metalsmith Magazine Review: “Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies”


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Klimt02 Interviews Thomas Gentille

Fifth in a series of interviews conducted by Klimt02′s Carolin Denter, Thomas Gentille offers his insights into the relevance of “Critique” as it relates to studio jewelers.

Klimt02: Interview with Thomas Gentille


Art Jewelry Forum Interviews Toni Greenbaum

AJF engages noted historian Toni Wolf Greenbaum in thoughtful dialogue upon the presentation of her promised gift to the Yale University Art Gallery

AJF: Interview with Toni Greenbaum

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Robert Baines Featured at The Arkansas Arts Center

In collaboration with The Arkansas Arts Center we’re pleased to announce the opening of Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies on Fri. July 20, 2018. In this exhibition Baines assembles a fictitious jewelry narrative, captivating not only in the creativity and craftsmanship evident in the works, but also in the artist’s fascination with the enigma of jewelry as material evidence of authentic history. The show runs thru Oct. 7, 2018.

Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies
Interview With Robert Baines

Jennifer Trask Featured at Brandywine River Museum of Art

Three pieces by Jennifer Trask will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. The show, which  is titled “Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art, will showcase the work of 12 eminent American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence. The exhibition has been curated by Suzanne Ramljak, former editor of Metalsmith Magazine and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. Exhibition dates:  June 23 – Oct. 21

Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art

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Yale University Presents 20th Century Studio Jewelry

A promised gift of 16 pieces, from the studio jewelry collection of noted historian and author Toni Wolf Greenbaum, is on view at Yale University Art Gallery thru Aug. 26, 2018. Through this gift, Greenbaum, who specializes in 20th and 21st century jewelry and metalwork, adds the work of pioneering American art jewelers to the Gallery’s current jewelry collection.

The public is invited to hear Greenbaum’s lecture, titled “Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Jewelry as Cultural Marker.” on Thursday, May 31, at 5:30 pm.

Promised Gift / Studio Jewelery

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Zach Lechtenberg / Non-Photo Blues Currently on View

A new exhibition, featuring the work of artist Zach Lechtenberg, opened on May 12 to much enthusiasm. Lechtenberg is an illustrator / jeweler who uses the ancient technique of champlevé enamelingto create “pop culture” inspired pieces that are presented in dedicated handmade packaging, which are art pieces in of themselves.

Zach Lechtenberg / Non-Photo Blues

Non Photo BLues

Video: Mag to Snag at the Cooper Hewitt

Art historian Toni Greenbaum spoke last night at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum to the delight of many students, collectors and jewelry enthusiasts.
The lecture was an insightful investigation tracing the development of American Studio Jewelry from 1940-70. Watch it here:

Mag to Snag: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1970

Toni Greenbaum at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Toni Greenbaum To Lecture at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Toni Greenbaum, a New York-based art historian specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century jewelry and metalwork, will discuss the development of American Studio Jewelry from 1940-1970 and it’s impact on contemporary jewelry as it is currently practiced internationally. Wed. April 11, 6:30 – 8 pm.

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Robert Baines Featured at MassArt

Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies by the goldsmith Robert Baines presents three jewelry stories projecting jewelry as material evidence of history.  It should be read with caution as his linear histories are confused by myth, riddle, puzzle and possible subversions of jewelry history.  The conundrum of ‘bogus or real’ in this fanciful jewelry history should be queried by the reader and the reward will be enhanced jewelry knowledge.

Stylistic and technical links with wondrous gold works of the past is an area of expertise of Robert Baines who as an acknowledged researcher and teacher in aesthetic and historical jewelry perspectives understands the way scientific and technical factors influence jewelry art.

 In chasing “the fantasy of artifact” Robert Baines asks fundamental questions about building fictitious jewelry and this exhibition of conspiracy will captivate everyone interested not only in creativity and craftsmanship, but also in the artist’s intrigue with the enigma of jewelry as evidence of authentic history.

Dates: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
Gallery: MassArtBakalar & Paine Galleries
Reception: Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Artist Talk: January 19, 12:00PM, Huntington Studio, Design and Media Center, MassArt


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