When Yves Saint Laurent discovered the couple artists Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, he not only came to collect and commission their work for his home, but also had them creating gilt bronzed body jewelry for his 1986 fall collection. The crafted plates were worn over blue silk dresses, merging the aesthetics of Saint Laurent with a tribal touch by the Lalannes.
The Dallas Museum of Art is opening the show "From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith." Smith did some spectacular art jewelry inspired by some of the avant-garde movements in art, such as Primitivism, Biomorphism, and Surrealism. I have seen that show when it was opened at the Brooklyn Museum last year, and eedless to say that I am a big fan of his work in jewelry.
If you love design, you cannot not love the jewelry of French jeweler and glassmaker René Lalique (1860-1945). Now the collection of underwater-inspired bijoux is shown at the Lalique Museum. In his jewelry, In his jewels, Lalique tells the story of his love for the flora and fauna underwater, fish, sea horses, dragonflies, frogs, turtles, swans, water lilies.
Art jewelry is a territory that has had a strong presence in the collectible design world in recent years. Now, two of NY’s greatest young talents Bella Neyman, whom I met when she was my TA at Parsons years ago, and Ruta Reifen, whose talent I detected at Loot have established Platforma, a curatorial initiative that comes to take art jewelry out of the confines of an intimate circle of curators, collectors, and connoisseurs and into the conscious of broader population. They are seeking to place art jewelry in the context of contemporary art and design, and its first show, entitled "F-1" is now on view at Brooklyn Metal Works.
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