09-11-2012 09-11-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2610B Boston
September 11, 2012 10:00 AMCalender

Two Pairs of Silver Cuff Links, Beverly Pepper

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 2610B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 11, 2012 10:00AM


Two Pairs of Silver Cuff Links, Beverly Pepper, each of geometric form and of an edition of five, signed.

Note: American sculptor Beverly Pepper (b. 1922) is known for her monumental works, site specific and land art, that are located in cities and spaces around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; The Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan; Europarkas Sculpture Park, Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Museu d'Art Contemporari de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain to name but a few. Her sculptures were always intended to be outdoors: Pepper says, "I believe my work offers a place for reflection and contemplative thought within the context of active urban environments."

Note: Property from the Estate of Joan Sonnabend, lots 260-402.
Joan Sonnabend opened her tiny gallery at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1973. She started with a 100-piece collection of "sculptures to wear". Included in the pins, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, were works by such artists as Man Ray, Pol Bury, Picasso, Arp, and Calder. She was never a jeweler, but an art dealer. From the time she graduated Sarah Lawrence with an art degree, she always knew she wanted to open a gallery. After opening Sculpture to Wear, many artists sought her out to create items for the gallery. She became friendly with many of them, and maintained these relationships for many years. In 1973, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, mounted a show called "Jewelry As Sculpture as Jewelry." The intent of the show was to elevate body ornament to the level of art. It showcased artists and jewelers who were especially interested in using various and unconventional materials. Joan Sonnabend's gallery at the Plaza was in part responsible for the exhibition and the creation of a market for artists' jewelry. For me personally, Joan opened my eyes to the interplay between jewelry, sculpture, adornment, and art. She always believed in the power of art and remained an art dealer until her passing.

Estimate $200-400


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