From Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, through to Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, the great figures of modern art have all turned both thought and talent to jewellery. Often, they have eschewed the traditional jeweller’s preoccupation with material value and provenance, more concerned with the conceptual or aesthetic significance of their work. This beautifully illustrated coffee table book provides a broad introduction to this undiscovered world.
Written by Louisa Guinness, an internationally recognised authority on Artist's Jewellery and the first gallerist to create jewellery collaboratively with contemporary artists, this book provides insightful commentary on each artist, their collaboration with the gallery and their work. She reveals the personal stories behind each piece’s creation, placing the artist in the context of the genre’s evolution.
In Art as Jewellery, every image is as striking as it is unique. By using contemporary pictures by Alexander English and original design sketches and photographs by renowned 20th century photographers such as Ugo and Antonia Mulas, it develops a chronological timeline of jewellery made by artists. The first book to be published in this field, this captivating book introduces the reader to this new subject through contemporary and archival images and sketches, some dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. This book is a glamorous blend of the modern and the classic, created for art and jewellery lovers alike.