Friday, April 17, 2009

SOFA 2009 opens in NY -

Superlative contemporary and modern decorative arts, design and jewelry by internationally recognized museum class artists will be showcased by 55 international dealers from 12 countries at SOFA NEW YORK 2009, which debuts Wednesday, April 15 and runs from the 16 -19 at the Park Avenue Armory.

SOFA is the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Arts, and has several exhibitions every year in New York, Santa Fe, and Chicago. The New York Exhibit is the first of three this year.

An overwhelming number of the examples epitomize not only the extraordinary artistry of material-based artworks but also recession proof values in today’s art market. There are some wonderful galleries, but I was especially interested in the jewelry of course.

The SOFA website has a full list of exhibitors, and the Ornamantum Gallery caught my eye with this fantastic glass and horn necklace, aptly called "Matador Necklace," by Philip Sajet.

Many of the exhibits have a very earthy feel to them. Another example from the Ornamentum Gallery is this unusual brooch which features bird eggs and carbon fiber. The brooch was designed by Sergey Jivetin and is called "Accumulus Brooch."

Photos courtesy of SOFA New York 2009

The SOFA site has a full list of exhibitors on this page. Have fun looking over the fantastic pieces. Which designer is your favorite?

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