MAD Reveals Rare Jeweled Masterpieces

  • Man Ray Mask
  • Stella Frank Necklace
  • Bourgois Necklace
  • Venet 2011
  • Venet Bague
  • Arman Inclusion

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City is revealing an intimate view of 20th-century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, and Jeff Koons at its new exhibit, Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler, which runs through January 8, 2012. Rather than featuring the artists’ more famous masterpieces, MAD is showing180 of their one-of-a-kind and limited-edition works in sculptural jewelry, with pieces estimated from $2,500 to more than $150,000 in value.

Many of the jewelry designs were personal gifts made for family and friends, such as a gold-painted titanium necklace (2008) made by American painter and printmaker Frank Stella for friend and art collector, Diane Venet, who is curating the MAD exhibition. A few other highlights include Optic Topic (1974),a gold mask made by American painter Man Ray after working with Italian jewelry designer, and long time friend, GianCarlo Montebello; and a handmade gold brooch named Concetto Spaziale (1950) by Italian-Argentinean painter and sculptor Lucio Fontana.(212.299.7777, www.madmuseum.org)

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