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Ornament as Art

Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

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Ornament as Art - Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
528 pages
color photos
Hard cover
31 x 25 cm
3,156 kg

A catalogue of the contemporary jewellery to be found in the Helen Drutt Williams collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This renowned collection of modern and contemporary jewelry is recognized around the world for its depth and quality. Helen Williams Drutt assembled works by a truly international group of 175 artists from 18 countries. The heart of the collection consists of American, Dutch, and German objects, augmented by significant holdings of Australian, Austrian, British, Czech, Japanese, and Scandinavian works. Gijs Bakker, Peter Chang, Georg Dobler, Stanley Lechtzin, Olaf Skoogfors, and Wendy Ramshaw are just a few of the featured artists.

The publication published by ARNOLDSCHE on this occasion goes far beyond the exhibition, however. In a large format - with an orange flock cover that is intricately silver-tooled - the book represents a completely illustrated, annotated catalogue of the entire collection. Moreover, a selection of objects is shown in colour in large plates and exhaustively analysed 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 jewellery and modern art. Further, a detailed historical chronology of contemporary jewellery as well as biographies of the artists whose work is featured provide invaluable information.