Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection


Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Hardcover, 504 pages. 1075 color illus. 9 1/2 x 12 inches
Published 2007, Arnoldsche. ISBN: 978-3-89790-273-2
First edition. Out of print
unopened / mint condition
The Drutt Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, encompassing 800 jewelry objects and drawings by more than 170 world-famous artists from 1963 to 2007, documents the profound changes that have taken place since the 1960s in the way jewelry is perceived. At that time artists broke with the conventional jewelry tradition to view their works in the broader context of overall movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture. By then what counted was artistic intention rather than the market value of the materials used.
In a large format – with an orange flock cover that is intricately silver-tooled – the book represents a completely illustrated, annotated catalog of the entire collection. Moreover, a selection of objects is shown in color in large plates and exhaustively analyzed by Cindi Strauss, curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In an essay, the author works out the links between contemporary jewelry and modern art. Further, a detailed historical chronology of contemporary jewelry, as well as biographies of the artists whose work is featured, provide invaluable information.
This publication sets standards for evaluating the importance of contemporary jewelry as a global art form, taking readers on a trip through five decades of innovative experimental jewelry.
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