Jewelry can win hearts, seal marriages or inspire jealousy. It can be glitzy and glamorous, staid or sublime, and when the creator is a Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono or Jeff Koons, jewelry can even be “art.”
From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler runs through July 21 at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The exhibition features 200 works of wearable sculpture from 135 of the most influential artists of the modern era.
“The value of a piece of an artist’s jewelry cannot be measured in karats,” says curator and collector Diane Venet. “It is not judged by its hallmark, sparkle or transparency.”
A better gauge of value may be what the jewelry says about the artist. Often produced as gifts for family and friends, the works on display offer insights into the whimsies, foibles and passions of the creators.