The exhibition of some 200 wor ks by 135 artists is an intimate\, often whimsical side of some of the grea test artists of recent times\, each offering a singular vision of adornment . The exceptional and little-known works of wearable sculpture will reward viewers with new insights into the creative wellsprings of such artistic gi ants as Georges Braque\, Max Ernst\, Lucio Fontana\, Louise Nevelson\, Anth ony Caro\, Yoko Ono\, and Anish Kapoor.


French Venet first became fascinated with artist-made jewelry when her-t hen-beau sculptor Bernar Venet rolled a thin piece of silver around her fin ger to form a wedding ring. Since then\, she has acquired jewels made by he r husband’s confreres\, a group that has included Arman\, César\, Mimmo Rot ella\, and Villéglé\, and she has commissioned pieces by Kader Attia\, John Chamberlain\, Wim Delvoye\, Orlan\, and Frank Stella. “I’m careful to ask only those artists whom I think will find the request challenging and fun\, ” says Venet. “It’s important they recognize that the jewel should be seen as an extension of their art-making.”


While many of these wearable sculptures are crafted out of precious materi als\, what makes them so compelling is the beauty and candor of the artisti c expression. Often conceived for a lover or a cherished family member or f riend\, a number of these pieces reveal a surprising tenderness or whimsy. The wearable sculptures will be presented in three groupings—the Early Mast ers\, Representational\, and Abstraction—with sections devoted to the human figure\, nature\, Popsubjects\, words\, geometry\, and new technologies an d materials.

LOCATION:The Bass\,2100 Collins Avenue \nMiami Beach\, FL 33139US SUMMARY:From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler \, Georges Braque\, An thony Caro\, Max Ernst\, Lucio Fontana\, Anish Kapoor\, Jeff Koons\, Louise Nevelson\, Yoko Ono END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR