Tag: artists

Picasso’s Dora Maar portrait ring goes on the block

Ring containing a portrait of Dora Maar in pen and colored pencil by Picasso, c. 1936-1939, set in pre-made yellow metal composite ring will sell at Sotheby's London on June 21, 2017

A ring containing a portrait of Dora Maar made for her by Pablo Picasso in the 1930s is expected to fetch half a million at Sotheby’s this month. That’s a lot more than it sold for at the 1998 estate sale in Paris following Maar’s death. No one knew Picasso had made jewelry by hand but the news was overshadowed by those paintings.

Heading to SNAGneXt in Asheville!

Biba Schutz with coral necklace

So excited to be attending my first SNAG conference next week! Having followed the Society for North American Goldsmiths for too many years to count, I was intrigued by the location – the beautiful artisan mecca of Asheville, NC. I…

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

ono_yoko_ring

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

"Medussa"

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…