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Beyond Ornament. Contemporary Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

Exhibition  /  16 Aug 2003  -  09 May 2004
Published: 02.06.2007
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Bernhard Schobinger. Necklace: Sherben vorm Moritzplatz. Antique crystal beads, broken German Coca-Cola bottle. Bernhard Schobinger
Necklace: Sherben vorm Moritzplatz
Antique crystal beads, broken German Coca-Cola bottle
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Artist list

Gijs Bakker, Manfred Bischoff, Claus Bury, Peter Chang, Georg Dobler, Stanley Lechtzin, Emmy Van Leersum, Bruce Metcalf, Olaf Skoogfors, Breon O´Casey, Wendy Ramshaw, David Watkins, Albert Paley, William Harper, Gary Griffin, Bruno Martinazzi, Falko Marx,
The MFAH has recently acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary studio jewelry in the world - a collection of 626 pieces made between 1963-2001 compiled by Helen W. Drutt, a pioneering scholar, dealer, and professor in the modern and contemporary craft movement. The Drutt Collection is recognized internationally for its depth and quality, and will be part of the MFAH collection in its entirety through purchase and donation.
Drutt collected in depth the work of individual artists and assembled a truly international collection , with some 57 artists from 17 countries being represented in her holdings. The core of the collection is comprised of American, German, and Dutch objects, but there also are significant holdings of Austrian, Scandinavian, Australian, British, Japanese, and Czech works. Gijs Bakker, Manfred Bischoff, Claus Bury, Peter Chang, Georg Dobler, Stanley Lechtzin, Emmy Van Leersum, Bruce Metcalf, Olaf Skoogfors, Breon O´Casey, Wendy Ramshaw, and David Watkins are among the artists whose work is represented in depth. Important works by Americans Albert Paley and William Harper are also in the collection. Iconic works by Gary Griffin, Bruno Martinazzi, Falko Marx, Tone Vigeland, and Max Frohlich are represented.
Studio jewelry is innovative and often experimental, with its roots in the movements of 20th-century art. Most of the objects in the Drutt Collection are one-of-a-kind works that redefined the concept of jewelry. The Drutt Collection features pieces that move beyond ornamentation and preciousness, using both traditional and avant-garde materials. Many of the pieces push the boundaries of traditional forms. Major museums around the world have exhibited the Drutt Collection, including the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Honolulu Academy of Art, Museum Bellerive, and the Stedelijk Museum. Selected works have been included in exhibitions as well as surveys worldwide over the past three decades.
Wendy Ramshaw. Ring: Untitled. 18k yellow gold, garnets, rubies, pink sapphires, brass, resin and gold plating. Wendy Ramshaw
Ring: Untitled
18k yellow gold, garnets, rubies, pink sapphires, brass, resin and gold plating
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Peter Chang. Bracelet: Untitled. Acrylic, polyester and PVC. Peter Chang
Bracelet: Untitled
Acrylic, polyester and PVC
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Gijs Bakker. Necklace: Botticelli Project. PVC laminated photographs, mirror, gilded brass, 18k gold and red epoxy. Gijs Bakker
Necklace: Botticelli Project
PVC laminated photographs, mirror, gilded brass, 18k gold and red epoxy
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