New York, Friedman Benda


Artists' interest in making jewelry is long-established but little-known. This exhibition curated by the private jewelry dealer Afsoun presents pieces by some of the twentieth century's leading artists and architects. It brings together works by the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Ettore Sottsass, Ron Arad, Michele Oka Doner, Forrest Myers and Kenny Scharf. The pieces reveal a sensibility for the art of jewelry-making, and how visionary architects and artists used to working on a much larger scale of production can be eager to turn their hand to creating these small, intimate objects. The wearability of these artworks gives them a special dimension.

One highlight is a group of 20 necklaces acquired from Nevelson's estate that are being offered for sale for the first time. Each necklace has been made from painted wood and brass and dates from the 1970s and 1980s. Also included are "Collar", a silver necklace that Bourgeois created for herself in 1947 and an 18-carat gold and acrylic necklace made by Sottsass in 1967. By contrast, the multidisciplinary Ron Arad has been busy making fun necklaces with silicon in addition to flexible spirals for earrings combining precious stones with cutting-edge technology.

December 11, 2008, through to January 9, 2009
515 West 26th Street
New York NY 10001
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