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Curator for the Structure & Ornament Auction
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Structure & Ornament: Studio Jewelry 1900 to the Present, curated by Mark McDonald and presented by auction house Rago/Wright, will take place February 12, 2020. It expands upon Structure and Ornament: Studio Jewelry 1940–1960, a 1984 exhibition of modernist studio jewelry held at Fifty/50 Gallery, which McDonald, an authority on 20th- and 21st-century applied art, owned from 1980 to 1993. The sale will include works by revolutionary goldsmiths Giampaolo Babetto and John Paul Miller, mid-century icons Margaret De Patta and Art Smith, contemporary masters such as Lisa Gralnick and Peter Chang, and works from some of the 20th century's most pivotal artists—Claire Falkenstein, Harry Bertoia, and Arnaldo Pomodoro among them.

Image caption: Cecile zu Hohenlohe, Double Ring, circa 2015, 22-karat gold, pyrite, gemstone, 32 x 76 mm, photo courtesy of Wright
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See Mark McDonald in AJF in Conversation: Deaccessioning or When You Can’t Wear It All, All The Time. This panel discussion took place during NYC Jewelry Week 2019 and answers such questions as, What will happen to your jewelry when you pass away? Who do you want it to go to? Is it a museum-worthy collection—how do you know if it is?—and how do you find someone to work with at an institution? How do you determine which museum is the right one for you and your jewelry?

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Parades—Jewelry Takes to the Streets

Excerpted from the book Shows & Tales, this chapter, written by Lizzie Atkins, is an overview of a number of nontraditional jewelry exhibitions or "parades" taking place in the streets and outside of traditional settings.


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