NEW YORK, NY.- Mahnaz Collection
presents a new jewelry exhibition: London Originals: The Jewelers Art in Radical Times. Featuring 150 pieces of jewelry from the 1960s and 70s, the exhibition opens on April 11, 2018 at Wright, 980 Madison Avenue in New York City. It showcases jewelers working in London during a period of seismic change in the arts, architecture, technology, design, fashion, music, womens rights and youth culture. The London Originals' free and forceful design sensibility fostered a renaissance in jewelry, resuscitated the moribund British jewelry world and made London relevant once more as a hub of innovation in this field. This exhibition (which includes jewelry for sale) aims to provide new visibility in the United States for the London Originals, many of whom once had enthusiastic collectors here. Their influential and timeless modern jewelry merits attention from new jewelry audiences as well as those interested in art and design.
The exhibition continues Mahnaz Collections initiatives to draw wider attention to transformative makers and pioneers of independent and artist-made jewelry, many of whom are lost masters. A separate, 150 page, illustrated catalog presents the jewelry; an essay with new research on the London Originals and their place in the cultural history of the 1960s and 70s by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos; and an essay showcasing four modern jewelers by British jewelry authority Joanna Hardy.
The exhibition includes the works of Andrew Grima, John Donald, George Weil, Charles de Temple, Gerda Flockinger, Tom Scott, Kutchinsky, Barbara Cartlidge, David Thomas, Wendy Ramshaw, and David Watkins. Their work was furthered by the vision and support of forward looking curators, museums, gallerists and writers, including, notably, Graham Hughes, Art Director of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, London.
The jewelers' prominent clientele ranged from royalty to trend-setters in the movies, theater and music worlds: Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Ursula Andress, Peter Sellers, Glenda Jackson, Margaret Trudeau, Sammy Davis Jr, among many others. Their jewelry can be found in numerous public collections in Europe and the U.S., including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Goldsmiths Company, the Cooper- Hewitt Design Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Very diverse, the work is impressive because of its imaginative and original design,uniquely direct love affair with nature; engagement with innovative technologies, techniques and materials; superb craftsmanship in a time of mass production; experimentation with gold; and unusual use of gemstones, minerals and non- precious materials. Reflective of the broader cultural moment, the London Originals argued for the elevation of the value of design and the hand of the maker in jewelry, and opened once more the question of the relationship of jewelry to art and design. --Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Mahnaz Collection
On view at Wright through April 20, 2018, the exhibition will continue until May 11, 2018 at Mahnaz Collection gallery on East 57th Street. Here, the exhibition will include additional works by jewelers of the 1960s from the United States, the Nordic countries, Switzerland and Italy. It will be a tribute to the influential International Exhibition of Modern Jewelry, held at Goldsmiths Hall, London, in 1961.