Opening: 23 November – 6:30 – 8:30 pm Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce Pommes de Jong, the first wearable art exhibition in London of the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong. The Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband Tom Weyland decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge number of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Having flowers and seeds growing above the ground and the roots underground, de Jong is fascinated by the enigmatic nature of these tubers. The artist finds in them an erotic shade thinking about the potato flower and what she calls the ‘potato balls’ that contain the seeds. De Jong specifically […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to present Game, a new gallery project by Adel Abdessemed. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of ‘fatal beauty’, Abdessemed created a chain bracelet and a pair of earrings made of an accumulation of white gold laser-cut razor blades. Game encapsulates the notion of fatal beauty by being both lethal and attractive in its appearance. It provides the person who will wear it with a complex interplay between being threatened and at the same time reassured by its beauty. Through its complex identity, Game draws from Abdessemed’s artistic practice, in which he consistently blends elements of beauty and brutality. Developing an artistic vision from text, images and life, Abdessemed engages with the flaws and contradictions of the contemporary world. As the artist states: “My art makes no claim at representing reality, but simply a touching reality.”
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.
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.
Elisabetta Cipriani- Jewellery by Artists is delighted to announce the new projects Sospeso by Giorgio Vigna in collaboration with the gallery on Thursday 13th of March from 6-8pm. Giorgio Vigna’s unique jewellery is the essence of natural elements in their most primitive and primordial state. He treads the unusual ground between the real world and the imaginary one, and his creations have the fascination of objects that live in dreams, both familiar and strange.
Elisabetta Cipriani- Jewellery by Contemporary Artists is pleased to announce Rebecca Horn first exhibition of jewellery The Neshapour Spirals on Thursday 17th of November from 6-8pm. Rebecca Horn's jewellery are made of rare Neshapour Turquoise and Snail Fossils, mounted on 22ct yellow gold. Each piece is unique and comes with its own gouache, rich in the artist’s iconic, lyrical, gestural marks. These extraordinary jewels embody the concept of time and the reaching of spiritual life. The snail fossil is spiral-shaped, representing the Energy. Its primordial shape takes us back to the origins of life and reminds us of the need to constantly evolve. Rebecca Horn has chosen the turquoise, connector of Earth and Sky, and of its wearer to Earth and Universal Energies. The jewels are made in collaboration with Luisa del Valle, a special friend of Rebecca Horn's and a goldsmith from Barcelona whose Etruscan jewellery technique enhances the visual and tactile senses. The turquoise was meticulously sourced from the mine of Neshapour in Iran.