Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

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Synopsis: A catalogue of the contemporary jewellery to be found in the Helen Drutt Williams collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

From the Publisher: The word `jewellery' immediately invokes notions of valuable objects made of gold or silver and set with precious stones - ornamental objects that are also status symbols for their owners. Since the 1960s, however, things have profoundly changed in jewellery: artists have broken with the conventions of traditional jewellery to view their work in the wider context of movements in contemporary painting, sculpture and architecture. What has mattered since then is artistic intention rather than the market value of the materials used.

The Helen Williams Drutt Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, comprising 800 exceptional jewellery objects and drawings by 175 internationally acclaimed artists from 1963 to the present, documents this change with unprecedented clarity. The collection includes pieces of jewellery made of such unusual materials as sherds of glass from soft-drinks bottles, shredded books and all sorts of plastics. Links with art movements and schools such as Minimalism, Conceptual art, the Bauhaus and Constructivism are compellingly traced. The relationship between jewellery and the body has been re-aligned.

A selection of pieces from the Drutt Collection has been shown since 30 September 2007 in the exhibition `Ornament as Art' at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The publication published by ARNOLDSCHE on this occasion goes far beyond the exhibition, however. In a large format - with an orange flock cover that is intricately silver-tooled - the book represents a completely illustrated, annotated catalogue of the entire collection. Moreover, a selection of objects is shown in colour in large plates and exhaustively analysed by Cindi Strauss, curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In an essay, the author works out the links between contemporary jewellery and modern art. Further, a detailed historical chronology of contemporary jewellery as well as biographies of the artists whose work is featured provide invaluable information.

This publication sets standards for evaluating the importance of contemporary jewellery as a global art form, taking readers on a trip through five decades of innovative experimental jewellery. A `Who's Who' of avant-garde artists in jewellery and an indispensable standard work for lovers of contemporary auteur jewellery.

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