New York: Rizzoli, (1995). With 586 illustrations, 458 in colour. 0847819140. First edition. Square 4to. 9" x 9". Black paper covered boards textured to look like cloth. Spine stamped in gold. Book is fine. / Dust jacket, fine. Item #326
The book has three essential elements. Firstly, an unrivalled display of the jewelry itself, making use of visually innovative special photography: hundreds of colour photographs provide a dazzling array of rich and imaginative work, as well as an unsurpassed reference document for contemporary jewelry. Secondly, an equally innovative critical history, tracing the first challenges to traditional forms of jewelry, but focusing on the inspired use of new materials, new processes, new tools and new ideas since 1960. And finally, an important reference section, including detailed biographies of over a hundred makers; an extended bibliography; and a comprehensive chronology of exhibitions and events held in public museums throughout the world. This book, an essential work of reference for collectors, artists, curators and students of twentieth-century art, craft and jewelry, will also reach a far wider audience with its superlative photographs and acute analysis of the web of influences and cross-influences among the new jewelers.