Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry, 1940-1960


In this beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated book, Toni Greenbaum analyzes the output of American modernist jewelers, many of whom, such as Alexander Calder and Harry Bertoia, began as sculptors or painters. In their metal-working skills many of these artists were self-taught and evolved new techniques. This jewelry rejected expensive precious stones in favor of cheaper, irregular gems, and even glass, pebbles and shards of pottery. The influence of Surrealism, Cubism, Constructivism, and Abstract Expressionism led these artists to explore representations of space and individual perception in ways which challenged the traditions of earlier jewelry production.

Publisher: Flammarion; First Edition edition (September 15, 1996)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

Rachel Prater