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Jewelry as Sculpture in Miniature at the Museum of Arts and Design

Friday, December 09, 2011

A brooch of ruby lips and cultured pearl teeth made by Salvador Dali, a pendant depicting an abstract face by Roy Lichtenstein and a gold mask designed by Man Ray are among the 240 pieces of jewelry currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design.

The exhibition, Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler, features brooches, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces designed by some of the 20th century's best-known artists, including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor.

Diane Venet curated the show.

Art critic Hrag Vartanian, who edits the arts blog Hyperallergic, said many of the jewels look like miniature sculptures.

"The Louise Nevelson piece really looks like a fragment of a Louise Nevelson sculpture," he said. "I mean it's this assemblage of pieces of wood and other things just like her artwork."

He added that some of the pieces on view are so abstract, "you wouldn't have known some of them were jewelry" if they were not part of the show.

Picasso to Koons is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design through Jan. 8.

To see pictures of the jewels in the show, check out the slideshow below.

Jeff Koons'
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
Jeff Koons' "Pendant: Rabbit Necklace" is part of the show. He made the piece between 2005 and 2009.
Salvador Dali made this pendant called
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
Salvador Dali made this pendant called "Ruby Lips" in the 1940s. It's made of rubies, gold and cultured pearl.
At right, a glittering gold mask made by Man Ray.
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
At right, a glittering gold mask made by Man Ray.
These pendants were made by Lousie Nevelson between 1985 and '86. They are made of painted wood and metal.
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
These pendants were made by Lousie Nevelson between 1985 and '86. They are made of painted wood and metal.
This pendant,
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
This pendant, "Le gran Faune," was designed by Pablo Picasso in 1973.
Alexander Calder made this necklace in 1935.
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
Alexander Calder made this necklace in 1935.
This necklace was made by Anish Kapoor in 2008.
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
This necklace was made by Anish Kapoor in 2008.
This brooch by Max Ernst is called
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
This brooch by Max Ernst is called "Tête Triangle."
A pendant depicting an abstract face by Roy Lichtenstein.
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
A pendant depicting an abstract face by Roy Lichtenstein.
This necklace is a cast of Magdalena Abakanowicz's own hand.
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
This necklace is a cast of Magdalena Abakanowicz's own hand.
Jacques Lipschitz made this bracelet in 1940.
Photo by Sherry Griffin. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.
Jacques Lipschitz made this bracelet in 1940.


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