Category: Exhibits

Niki de Saint Phalle: pop feminism

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana Brooch_necklace 1973

Niki de Saint Phalle’s pop art from the late ’60s are everywhere lately – on display and at auction. Her cartoon-like snakes and plump, joyful women became one of the era’s most resonant feminist messages: a battle cry for women’s liberation. Her cartoon snakes and joyful, leaping women were translated into all media, including jewelry by Gem Montebello. An enticing collection is on display in London now.

Imagine: jewelry and other radical art by Yoko Ono


Crowds will pile into the Museum of Modern Art this weekend to see Yoko Ono’s art. Saturday night they will applaud (or boo) as she takes the mic with the Plastic Ono Band. Wait. Is this 1970? No, but this may…

Verdura & Dalí: bejeweled metamorphosis


You may know Verdura as one of the designer flagships along the glitziest couple blocks of Fifth Avenue, but the original Verdura was an Italian aristocrat-turned-jeweler who collaborated with Coco Chanel, Paul Flato and Salvador Dali. All those partnerships produced…

Hiding, cooling, flirting, spying: Ode to the fan

Karl Lagerfeld with fan

The fan represents a tradition that dates to ancient civilization, certainly in Asia. By the 19th century, fans were multifunctional requirements for the well-dressed woman throughout the Western world. “They were handheld jewel-like objects used to emphasize a gesture and,…