What is contemporary jewellery? What makes it unique? What distinguishes these objects and practices from other visual arts? Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective provides clear definitions, concise history and cultural context for the form, along with abundant illustrations of an amazing range of work. Featuring notable contributors from around the world, it offers fascinating discussions on creating, collecting, exhibiting, selling, and wearing these pieces, as well as individual essays that present a global perspective on the art over the past 30 to 40 years. Jewellers, designers, students, collectors, and historians will find this essential reading.
Damian Skinner is an art historian, curator of applied art and design at the Auckland Museum and former editor of Art Jewelry Forum. He was a Newton International Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and his books include The Carver and the Artist: Maori Art in the Twentieth Century (Auckland University Press); Pocket Guide to New Zealand Jewelry (Velvet da Vinci, 2010); and Place and Adornment: A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australasia (Bateman Publishing), coauthored with Kevin Murray.