Jewelry on the Edge. A Lecture by Karl Fritsch

Lectures  /  NYCJW2019  /  20 Nov 2019
Published: 13.11.2019
Karl Fritsch. Ring: # 530, 2019. Gold, orange saphire.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: # 530, 2019
Gold, orange saphire.
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Celebrate NYC Jewelry Week with Cooper Hewitt and Wellington, New Zealand-based artist Karl Fritsch. Playful and tough, intricate and coarse, Fritsch’s avant-garde pieces challenge the concept of what jewelry, and sculpture, can be.
Join us for a presentation and lively discussion of Fritsch’s work along with Jeanne Greenberg Rohaytn, owner of Salon 94 and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Curator of Contemporary Design.

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About ​Karl Fritsch
Karl Fritsch began his education at the Goldsmiths School in Pforzheim and studying at the Academy of Fine Arts (1987-1994) in Munich. Fritsch has taught in art schools across the world, exhibited internationally and his work has been acquired for public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the National Gallery of Victoria and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. A practice that focuses on the ring, Fritsch explores taste, aesthetics and desire as he manipulates perceived ideas of preciousness and convention. The highly covetable rings have seen him win numerous awards and become a cult figure in contemporary jewellery. He also works collaboratively with a range of artists, including artist Francis Upritchard and furniture designer Martino Gamper. In 2006 he received the highly prestigious international Françoise van den Bosch Award.

About Alexandra Cunningham Cameron
Alexandra Cunningham Cameron is a curator and writer based in New York. She is Curator of Contemporary Design and Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Formerly the Editor in Chief of the Miami Rail, a quarterly independent arts journal, and Creative Director of the Design Miami/ fairs, her work has generated a broad range of cultural experiences that advance a critical dialogue around the arts, cultivate international audiences and create platforms for designers.

About ​Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn is a gallerist, art advisor, and curator.  A fierce activist, she is committed to feminist and progressive politics and, in keeping with her belief in art’s power to bring about social change. Greenberg Rohatyn founded her first gallery space in 2002, later adding venues on the Bowery in 2007 and 2010. Salon 94 is a unique project space in her home on 94th street that explodes the notion of a traditional white box gallery.  Next year she will consolidate her galleries to the former National Academy of Design on 3 East 89th Street. She has championed artists such as Huma Bhabha (last year’s MET Roof Garden Commission recipient), Judy Chicago, Katy Grannan, David Hammons, Lyle Ashton Harris, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, and Betty Woodman among many others.  Karl Fritsch’s rings have been featured in her program since 2007. Greenberg Rohatyn is radical in breaking hierarchies between design and high art. In 2017, she founded Salon 94 Design to represent Max Lamb, Philippe Malouin (2018 Wallpaper* Designer of the Year), and Gaetano Pesce. Greenberg Rohatyn sits on the Boards of White Columns and Performa, she is a member of the ADAA Board, and has served on the Frieze Art Fair committee.


Check-in at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Karl Fritsch. Ring: # 533, 2019. Silver, amber, moonstone, emerald, cubic zirconia.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: # 533, 2019
Silver, amber, moonstone, emerald, cubic zirconia.
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: # 486, 2018. Silver, synthetic amethyst.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: # 486, 2018
Silver, synthetic amethyst.
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: # 529, 2019. Gold, synthetic amethyst.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: # 529, 2019
Gold, synthetic amethyst.
© By the author. Read Copyright.