These artists have come to be known as the “Messengers of Modernism” derived from the name of the internationally touring exhibition produced by the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, traveling the world since 1996, titled “Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960”. The exhibition included 91 pieces from the museum’s collection and was accompanied by a 168 page catalogue with an essay by the exhibition curator and jewelry historian Toni Greenbaum. The catalogue is a highly sought after reference book on the jewelry and artists of this movement.
Here are some examples from just a few of the most well known and collected artists.
Art Smith, circa 1948
Modern Cuff Bracelet
Alexander Calder, circa 1945
Sterling Silver Necklace
Betty Cooke, Pre 1980
Sterling Onyx & Gold Bracelet
Margaret de Patta, circa 1950’s
Constructivist Sterling Ring
Ed Wiener, circa 1958
Harry Bertoia, circa 1940
Sam Kramer, circa 1950’s
Turquoise & Moonstone Bio-morphic Earrings
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