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Half and Half Neckpiece, c. 1950’s. Brass
Art Smith
(via Sienna Gallery - Modern Art and Object)
Trained at Cooper Union, Art Smith, an African American, opened his first shop on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in 1946. One of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century, Smith was also an active supporter of black and gay civil rights and an avid jazz enthusiast. He also designed jewelry for many black dance companies and as Barry Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum comments,  ’These commissions encouraged him to design on a grander scale than he might otherwise  have done, and the theatricality of many of his larger pieces may well reflect this experience.’

Half and Half Neckpiece, c. 1950’s. Brass

Art Smith

(via Sienna Gallery - Modern Art and Object)

Trained at Cooper Union, Art Smith, an African American, opened his first shop on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in 1946. One of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century, Smith was also an active supporter of black and gay civil rights and an avid jazz enthusiast. He also designed jewelry for many black dance companies and as Barry Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum comments,  ’These commissions encouraged him to design on a grander scale than he might otherwise  have done, and the theatricality of many of his larger pieces may well reflect this experience.’

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