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Gold figure of male torso with nipple ring, and head of deer, on black cover of 'Dead Souls, Desire and Memory in the Jewelry of Keith Lewis', by Arnoldsche Art Publishers.

Dead Souls

Desire and Memory in the Jewelry of Keith Lewis

By (author) Damian Skinner
By (author) Keith Lewis


  • Keith Lewis is one of the most influential jewelers in queer and identity politics
  • The artist’s daring works tackled the AIDS crisis back in the 1980s
  • Featuring four of Lewis’s artist talks
Full Description

Since the late 1980s, American jeweler Keith Lewis (*1959) has been consistently tackling issues of Queer identity and politics in his figurative and narrative jewelry, including a groundbreaking series of memorial jewels addressing the impact of the AIDS crisis on himself and his community. Often witty, sometimes shocking, frequently erotic, and surprisingly moving, his jewelry is an act of remembering and witnessing, and a joyous assertion that desire and pleasure, wonderful ends in themselves, can collapse historical distance and connect the past and the present. Written by Damian Skinner and featuring four of Lewis’s artist talks documenting key preoccupations and series, this monograph surveys a bold, provocative, and ambitious body of work that deserves to be widely known.

6th Nov 2023
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
6.69 in x 9.84 in
208 Pages
147 color
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