Wearable Art – New York City

Jeff Koons, "Rabbit Necklace", 2005. Photo by Micah Schmidt.

-By Carson Sieving-   
We often say that a piece of jewelry is a “work of art,” but a new exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City turns the idea around and presents almost 200 pieces of jewelry by artists better known for their work in other media.  Many items are recognizable miniatures of the artists’ more familiar oeuvres, as though there was a dollhouse somewhere in need of a Jeff Koons rabbit, a colorful Roy Lichtenstein for the drawing-room and a Robert Indiana ‘LOVE’ sculpture for Dad to give Mom on their anniversary.  Brooches by several artists go beyond Madeleine Albright’s pin diplomacy and classic diamond bows.  Gold ovals with organic designs by Max Ernst, faces by Pablo Picasso and a charming pair of gold apples with diamond masquerade masks by René Magritte all are still fresh and covetable.  After looking at these miniature delights, head upstairs to Robert, the restaurant on top of MAD, and enjoy the expansive views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Rene Magritte, 1990. Photo by Micah Schmidt


Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler
September 20, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
The exhibit is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

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