Friday, December 23, 2011

Exhibition - Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

There is an interesting exhibit currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

Entitled, "Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design," it features work in all of the craft media (clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and alternative materials) that blossomed across the United States during the postwar era.

Spanning a 25-year period that begins in the mid-1940's and concludes in 1969, the jewelry artists that are included in this exhibit are not necessarily as well known as they might be.

Some of the pieces that caught our eye include:

this necklace by Betty Cooke that is fabricated in sterling silver and silver wire -

and a necklace by Elsa Freund that is forged and assembled with sterling silver, glazed earthenware and fused glass -

and one by Linda Watson-Abbott, aptly called Landscape, that is fabricated and uses lost-wax castings of sterling silver and enamel -

and this piece called Shaman's Necklace by Ramona Solberg that is fabricated and assembled from silver, Alaskan ivory and found objects -

and this cocktail ring made by Ruth Radakovich that is cast and forged with 14k gold, titanium, rutile and cubic zirconium -  

These selections are only a small tip of the iceberg!

To see more of this exhibit, you can visit the MAD website.

The exhibit runs from October 12, 2011 to January 15, 2012.

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