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.
Creations include necklaces, cufflinks and earrings – many originally made as gifts for friends and family.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.
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.