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Motorcycle Special

1978 Richard H. Reinhardt Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1921 Died: Paoli, Pennsylvania 1998 sterling silver 2 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (5.5 x 8.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund © 1973, Richard Reinhardt 1993.30 Not currently on view


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“[T]he idea of the discontinuous came from attempting to put forged wires on the bracelets in some manner so that they seemed to be going all around the bracelet in a moving way.” The artist, quoted in Pritchard, “Richard Reinhardt: Discontinuous Continuity,”  Metalsmith, Spring 1989

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Motorcycle Special illustrates Richard Reinhardt’s concern with “discontinuous continuity,” which explores “the perception of real and apparent beginning, middle, and end.” Convex forms overlap one another, creating the appearance of a smoothly curving circle of continuous movement. The streamlined, minimalist forms and emphasis on the reflective surface of the metal exemplify the artist’s studio design aesthetic.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

About Richard H. Reinhardt

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1921 Died: Paoli, Pennsylvania 1998