Artist-designed jewellery in the frame at Custot

As the Dubai international art fair begins, a new exhibition showcases the jewellery-making talents of the 20th-century legends of the art world

Anish Kapoor’s Water Pendant, Form I, Large, 2013, $57,000
Anish Kapoor’s Water Pendant, Form I, Large, 2013, $57,000

Mini masterworks come to the fore at Custot Gallery from Monday March 19, when men’s and women’s jewellery by major 20th- and 21st-century artists, including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Antony Gormley and Niki de Saint Phalle, will be shown alongside their larger-scale paintings and sculptures in the aptly named exhibition Art & Jewelry. The exhibition coincides with the Dubai international art fair, and gives centre stage to the increasingly popular and talked-about area of artist-designed jewellery.

Bernar Venet’s Indeterminate Line ring, 2017, $16,500
Bernar Venet’s Indeterminate Line ring, 2017, $16,500
Advertisement

Creations include necklaces, cufflinks and earrings – many originally made as gifts for friends and family. Among the spectacular works is Bernar Venet’s Indeterminate Line ($16,500), a one-of-a-kind silver spiral ring from 2017; Anish Kapoor’s Klein-blue 22ct gold disc Water Pendant, Form I, Large (2013, $57,000); and Calder’s Brass Necklace (c1940, $340,000). A piece made from simple materials and without precious gems or embellishments, Calder’s unique, hand-hammered brass wire necklace recalls his iconic mobiles and massive installations, yet showcases his talent for creating bold works of art on an intimate scale.

Alexander Calder’s Brass Necklace, c1940, $340,000
Alexander Calder’s Brass Necklace, c1940, $340,000
Advertisement

Also of note is Greek sculptor Sophia Vari’s Omnipresence (edition of six, $44,500), a Cycladic-inspired bronze statue with a delicate gold patina.

See also

Advertisement
Loading