J. Fred Woell

born Evergreen Park, IL 1934-died Deer Isle, ME 2015
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Courtesy J. Fred Woell
Also known as
  • James Frederick Woell
  • James Fred Woell
  • Fred Woell
Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
Deer Isle, Maine, United States
  • American

J. Fred Woell was told by the art galleries of New York to “use gold or forget it.” The artist felt strongly that material should not determine a work’s value, and so began to create “anti-jewelry.” He explores themes of consumerism and violence in his humorous assemblages of discarded objects.


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Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world.