The Artist as Jeweler at the Bass Museum

The exceptional and little-known works of wearable sculpture will reward viewers with new insights into the creative wellsprings of such artistic giants as Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono, and Anish Kapoor.

Jeff Koons | Rabbit Necklace, 2005-2009 | platinum, edition 11/50 | 7.5 cm pendant / 100 cm chain | D. Venet Collection

French curator and collector, Diane Venet first became fascinated with artist-made jewelry when her-then-beau sculptor Bernar Venet rolled a thin piece of silver around her finger to form a wedding ring. Since then, she has acquired jewels made by her husband’s confreres, a group that has included Arman, César, Mimmo Rotella, and Villéglé, and she has commissioned pieces by Kader Attia, John Chamberlain, Wim Delvoye, ORLAN, and Frank Stella. “I’m careful to ask only those artists whom I think will find the request challenging and fun,” says Venet. “It’s important they recognize that the jewel should be seen as an extension of their art-making.”

The wearable sculptures will be presented in three groupings—the Early Masters, Representational, and Abstraction—with sections devoted to the human figure, nature, Popsubjects, words, geometry, and new technologies and materials.

March 15 - July 21, 2013
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Bass Museum of Art

Article published on April 16th, 2013

Last modified on 16/04/2013

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