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Jewelry by Picasso. Father and daughter

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Jewelry by Picasso. Father and daughter

Going through a magnificent catalogue of the exhibition Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler, held at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC in 2011 I was happy to discover a new dimension of Picasso, the artist whom I have been following for a long time at the places of his birth and life in Spain and France. His arts and crafts aside from painting always attracted me most, his jewelry experiments confirmed that once again. Le Grand Faune, brooch of 23k gold, 20/20 edition François Hugo after Pablo Picasso, 1973 (private collection of Diane Venet) In the mid-1950s he made...

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Artist talk - Montserrat Duran Muntadas

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Artist talk - Montserrat Duran Muntadas

Not long ago I talked about one of the jewelry artists that inspires me, Montserrat Duran Muntadas. As this year she became a finalist of the Prix François-Houdé, on January 14th she gave an artist talk at La Guilde which is organizing four informal conferences in the space of the exhibition of the Award. It was a talk about her creations, her life and inspirations. The first thing that strikes when you meet Montserrat is how organic, colorful and sincere is her personality. The art that she creats (which, aside from jewelry, includes art objects and installations), conveys the same energy, it is simply the continuation of herself. Nothing is invented...

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21 museums for jewelry lovers

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21 museums for jewelry lovers

1) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA) More than 40 centuries of jewelry history – the MET boasts a vast collection of a couple of thousands of pieces of jewelry, from ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian pieces dating back to 20th centuries B.C. to the works by Lalique and Tiffany (20th century). Jewelry, jewelry elements and boxes – the best place to go if you want to grasp the history of this art at one place. Before going to the museum you can check in advance on the MET’s site the numbers of the galleries where the pieces are presented. R.Lalique 2) The...

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Can you tell glass from stone?

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Can you tell glass from stone?

We all know about the Italian Murano glass, but the fact is that the art of glass-making was inherited during the roman empire from the more ancient ancestry. The history of glass beads dates back to 3500 BC, when dedicated artists from Mesopotamia (the present-day area of parts of Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Iran) crafted them with ingenuity and finesse. Interestingly, at that time the beads were not only an adornment, but the ancient version of money, traded all around the developed world. Not to go deeply into the history I want just to show something that impressed me – the imitation of...

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Jewelry by Salvador Dali - Spain || #TravelWithLB

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Jewelry by Salvador Dali - Spain || #TravelWithLB

I went to Figueres in Spain to see Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí and to check out some wonderful jewelry by the artist. Between 1941 and 1970 Salvador Dali created fantastic jewelry. He made the designs for the pieces on paper, with all kinds of details and great precision of shapes, materials and colors, while they were made up in New York by the team of the Argentinean-born silversmith Carlos Alemany under the close supervision of the artist himself. I was absolutely captured to see fantastic pieces on paper and made of stones, both – chef d’oeuvre. Dalí personally selected each of...

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