BIJOUX D’ARTISTES: ARTIST’S JEWELS, HOMMAGE À FRANÇOIS HUGO Year: 2001 Authors: Claire Siaud and Pierre HUGO Publisher: Les Cypres Editeur Derived from the imagination and curiosity of world-renowned artists, the artist’s jewel holds a special place. The bilingual work “Jewels of Artists – Artist’s jewels – Tribute to François Hugo” was created by Claire Siaud and Pierre Hugo, and published by Les Cyprès Editeur in 2001. It explores the jewels made by François Hugo, in limited edition, for many artists (Jean Arp, Jean Cocteau, Andre Derain, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Jean Lurcat, Roberto Matta, Sidney Nolan, Picasso and Dorothea Tanning), then by Pierre Hugo (Arman, Corneille), son of the creator of the workshop. The book is divided into chapters, each corresponding to an artist introduced by a short presentation. It should be noted that the pages concerning Picasso’s jewels are the most numerous, the collaboration, which begun in 1956 was particularly fruitful. This collaboration gave rise to the manufacture of objects made of precious metals: plates, compotes, vases, medallions and statuettes. The collaboration of François Hugo and Picasso ended in 1961, when the artist retired to live in Mougins.
Elisabetta sat down with Noor Fares to discuss her career as a contemporary jewellery designer and the launch of her new Prana collection. EC: Throughout history, humans have attached great emotional and symbolic significance to jewellery. Why do you think jewellery has so much meaning? NF: Jewellery has so much meaning because it is a reflection of our culture, our tribe, and an expression of our personality which can be passed on through generations. Narrative is very important with fine jewellery, its story allows the wearer to connect with the piece and from this the story continues with them. EC: Your pieces are like modern day colourful talismans, inspired by ancient beliefs in the mystical healing properties of stones. Is protection an important component to your jewellery designs? NF: I have always believed in the healing properties of stones and I think that often the stone chooses the wearer by fulfilling something that might be lacking. That said, this is not something I like to enforce but rather subtly touch on in my collections. EC: Your new Prana collection explores the ancient seven Chakra system, namely Muladhara (Root), Svadhishthana (Sacral), Manipura (Solar Plexus), Anahata (Heart), Vishuddha (Throat), Ajna (Third Eye), and Sahasrara […]
Liliane Lijn speaks to Elisabetta Cipriani about her powerful Earth Body Art Elisabetta Cipriani sat down with Liliane Lijn, an extraordinary artist, whose diverse artistic career spans across more than four decades. Since the early 1960s, Lijn has worked as a revolutionary artist in the field of kinetic art – working across media to explore the interplay between language, movement, mythology, light, matter, science, and technology. We invited Lijn to discuss her wearable art sculptures, which are rooted in the vitality of planet earth. EC: Your wearable sculptures push the boundaries of jewellery. Each piece has a raw, organic aesthetic and is a direct reference to geological forms, such as lava, fossils, and meteorites. Why does the dynamic earth interest you? LL: I have always felt very close to nature, more than that, I am nature and I want to be aware of this reality. We now know that life on this planet is delicately balanced, that the planet is alive with an infinitely complex ecosystem. As a small part of it, I try to examine it, much as a child would, by playing. Liliane Lijn, Magma Cuff (2018), 18kt gold cuff, edition of 5 + 1AP, unique. Photography: Deniz Guzel EC: You once said […]
Year: 2018 Authors: Diane Venet, Olivier Gabet, and Karine Lacquemant Publisher: Flammarion Bijoux d’artistes de Calder à Jeff Koons brings together more than 200 jewellery pieces by influential artists of the twentieth century, including Keith Haring, Anish Kapoor, Orlan, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Man Ray. These jewels, most of which are unique and the fruits of exceptional creators, are far from minor, decorative art. They take on the status of a work of art. Together, they form an ideal collection of works, delicate and original. “The artist’s jewel is an impulse of the heart or an empirical exploration, between first vision and the sublime.” – Olivier Gabet, Director of Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery sat down with Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, to discuss the launch of his highly anticipated second wearable art project collaboration, Ring W and Ring M. A cultural figure, political activist, and artist, Ai Weiwei moves between modes of production to explore contemporary issues, including migration, shared history, systems of cultural value, political surveillance, and cross-cultural exchange. Comprising of two unique 24kt gold rings, his new and exclusive wearable art project reveals the artist’s continued interest in exploring themes of human migration and dignity. The statement pieces investigate what it means to be trapped, bound, and deprived of the freedom to travel and determine one’s own existence. By combining the artist’s signature iconography with iconic symbols of contemporary society, the powerful gold rings depict stories of migrants, which unfold underneath a mysterious half-moon: by foot or by sea, some are portrayed travelling together and others alone. The artist’s use of 24kt gold as well as his reference to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics further reinforce the power of the wearable artworks as representative of the artist’s acute social awareness and exquisite artistic craftsmanship. At its core, the wearable art project is a manifestation of Ai Weiwei’s sensitivity to the duality of […]
Dear Friends, We are very pleased to announce our participation in the artist jewellery exhibition Scultura Aurea – Gioielli D’Artista per un Nuovo Rinascimento at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino, 31 May – 8 September 2019. Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery has contributed four wearable arts projects to the exhibition, namely, (2012), 18kt white gold cuff and necklace by Enrico Castellani, Psiche (Senza Amore) (2016), 18kt yellow gold necklace by Giulio Paolini, and Sospeso (2014), silver and 18kt gold pendant by Giorgio Vigna. For more information please visit the exhibition’s website here. To learn more about the gallery’s beautiful projects and activities or to book an appointment to see our pieces in person, please contact Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery on +44 (0) 207 287 5675 or email us at email@example.com. With best wishes, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery Enrico Castellani, Superficie (2012), 18 kt white gold necklace 6.2 x 6.2 cm, edition of 12, numbered and signed