I love the idea of the Museum of Art and Design show of the
same name—The Artist as Jeweler
—because I love art...and I looooove jewelry. But
more than being able to indulge in my obsession for bracelets, this exhibition really
shows that artists are designers at heart.
The roster of artists whose jewelry is in the show is a
little mindboggling, from Picasso, Braque, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, and Rauschenberg
to Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor. And what is funny is that none of these artists
is really known for their jewelry, and yet their artistic sensibility is apparent
in each of the jewelry pieces they designed.
But that is no surprise, I guess. To be an artist the way
Picasso or Lichtenstein was, an innate sensibility is always going to pour out
no matter what they are doing, whether creating a painting or designing a
brooch for a close friend.
And more interesting to me is that these artists obviously
sought out this kind of outlet, a departure from what they were doing in their
studio practices. I wonder about the breakthroughs Max Ernst made as he worked
on his jewelry design. Or what new ideas Jasper Johns thought of as he created his piece. That jewelry-making could be a gateway for these artists
in terms of more self-expression is awesome!
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