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The Artist As Jeweler

Posted by learntobead on July 28, 2011

The Artist As Jeweler

Originally, I was a painter.    I didn’t begin making jewelry until I was in my late 30’s.     When I began, I tried to make every necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings, as if these were to be painted.   Never worked.  These things have to be engineered.    Hopefully you end up with something both beautiful and functional.

Today, I see jewelry as “art”, but something somewhat different than painting or sculpture.   But occasionally the urge to paint jewelry arises.

There is going to be an exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City on Artists as Jewelers.  The exhibit, to run from 9/20/11 thru 1/8/12, will be entitled “Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jewelry.”

Whether they were as successful as jeweler’s as they were painters or sculptors, well that’s something for you to decide.     All I know is that it is difficult to transition from one to the other.   Here’s some of what you might see:

GEORGE BRAQUE

 

 

MAX ERNST

 

LUCIO FONTANA

 

bracelet

 

 

 

LOUISE NEVELSON

 

 

ANTHONY CARO

 

 

ANISH KAPOOR

 

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