Necklace

  • Art Smith, Necklace, 1948, brass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Evelyn Lurie, 1993.73.1

Art Smith incorporated abstracted life forms and tribal motifs into his work, which was driven by his interest in expression and movement. One historian, in fact, has linked Smith’s jewelry to his love for the rhythms and melodies of jazz. His careful use of positive and negative space in this piece illustrates his belief that jewelry was an incomplete sculptural expression until it was related to the body.

“… I use [space] very accurately, very concretely … You can find it and make it tangible.” Artist quoted in Metalsmith, Fall 1987

Title
Necklace
Artist
Date
1948
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
78 141 14 in. (17.921.03.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Evelyn Lurie

Mediums
Mediums Description
brass
Classifications
Object Number
1993.73.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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