WEARABLE ART: ARTIST-MADE JEWELLERY TRANSFORMS THE WEARER INTO A WALKING WORK OF ART Friday May 20 2016, 3:00 @ Art16, Olympia – London Panel: Elisabetta Cipriani, Stephen Webster MBE, Andrew Logan, Didier Haspeslagh, moderated by Harriet Quick Collectable, covetable and (relatively) affordable, artist-made jewellery is the millenial art-lover’s must-have, but what is behind its sudden surge in popularity? From Alexander Calder and Yves Tanguy, who both made earrings for the ground-breaking collector Peggy Guggenheim, in 1942, to Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray, artists have long-regarded jewellery as small-form sculpture. They tended to produce pieces as one-offs for their most loyal patrons but, recently, galleries devoted to wearable art have sprung up and are commissioning the world’s top contemporary artists to create these dimuitive works. Always tactile, sometimes kinetic or emitting tiny sounds, the pieces are all about an intimate relationship between the artist, the work and the wearer – the artist’s imaginary woman come to life.
“The starting point is the encounter with the artist, whether planned or unexpected, it begins the challenge to create a wearable sculpture, not only precious but also capable of expressing a new identity. This is the result of the artist’s creativity, of the dialogue with the gallerist and of the personality of whom chooses to wear it.” Originally from Rome and now gallerist in London, Elisabetta Cipriani will be back in her hometown after nearly eleven years, choosing the ‘room of Babel’ at the Nuova Pesa Gallery of Simona Marchini. A room with a strong identity to bring together twelve artists with different aesthetical languages: not only a jewellery exhibition, but a chance to share artistic paths, at times dialectical, which find accord in the space provided by Elisabetta Cipriani. The abstract avant-garde of Carla Accardi, the relief structures of Enrico Castellani, the reflections on space and memory by Pedro Cabrita Reis, the strong message of Jannis Kounellis’s Arte Povera, the metaphor on spiritual energy of Rebecca Horn, the humour of Erwin Wurm – defined ‘as cool as a cucumber’– and the primordial, natural shapes of Giorgio Vigna are only some of the artistic provocations of (Precious) Identity. All of […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is pleased to announce a new collaborative project with renowned Italian artist Enrico Castellani. Nastro (1963-2016) is an exclusive jewel made from 18kt yellow satin gold that can be worn either as a brooch or as a necklace. The artist has created an edition of ten pieces, on show and available at Elisabetta Cipriani gallery, London from 29 February 2016. Enrico Castellani is regarded as one of Italy’s most important living artists. The new work Nastro can be located within the artist’s wider practice in the way in which it expresses Castellani’s consistent poetical engagement with the manipulation of surfaces and light, evident here in the elegant bending of a single strip plate into an intriguing anthropomorphic shape. Nastro has a connection with Castellani’s personal history, first coming to life in 1963 when the artist decided to design and create a gift for his then partner, a token of love that the recipient has kept with her ever since. The piece embodies a more unconventional aesthetic than Superficie, a jewellery collaboration between Cipriani and Castellani realised in 2012, which exhibits the artist’s characteristic relief surfaces as seen in the Castellani celebrated series of work Superficie Nera (1959). About Enrico Castellani […]
Internationally renowned fashion designer Stella Jean will show her new collection FW 2016|2017 in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery during Milan Fashion Week on February 28th. Using Elisabetta’s wearable art sculptures, Stella Jean emphasises the cultural encounter and overlap between art and fashion in her new iconographic Fall-Winter collection.
Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculpture will be at the Tate Modern on February 22nd at 19:00 and 19:45. During an exclusive out of hours viewing of Performing for the Camera featured artist Erwin Wurm invites you to make a “One Minute Sculpture”. Using everyday domestic objects and found furniture, Erwin creates situations and instructions that allow you to become an artwork for sixty seconds. Erwin Wurm has created in collaboration with the gallery Cucumber, a series of jewellry representing the provocation and irony on the artist’s self-portrait.