Saturday, May 23, 2009

Today's Jewelry Exhibit - Alexander Calder Jewelry

American born artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is renown for his mobiles, stabiles, paintings and other objets d'art. However, he also designed a large collection of inventive jewelry.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just finished an exhibit of his in March of this year, but not to worry...just hop our virtual jet and fly over to Ireland where his exhibit is currently being shown until June 21 at the Irish Museum of Art.

Photo credit Irish Museum of Art

Calder produced approximately 1,800 pieces of brass, silver, and gold body ornaments, often embellished with found objects such as beach glass, ceramic shards, and wood. Most of the creations were for his family and friends. The jewelry has the same linear and three-dimensional quality that his famous mobiles have, and the parts that comprise each piece are hammered, shaped, and combine in a fashion that echoes the artist’s creation of his sculpture.

If you have an interest in Calder Jewelry, Yale University Press has a hard cover book which features around 300 bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and rings, all of which are exquisitely reproduced in newly commissioned photographs. Also included in the book are examples of Calder's inventory drawings; the boxes he made to store the jewelry; historic photographs of his jewelry worn by notable patrons, and a chronology. The Yale University site shows the book as indefinitely out of print, but I found the Calder Jewelry book on Amazon for $210.

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