Curator for the Structure & Ornament Auction
by Art Jewelry Forum
Structure & Ornament: Studio Jewelry 1900 to the Present, curated by Mark McDonald and presented by auction house Rago/Wright, will take place February 12, 2020. It expands upon
Structure and Ornament: Studio Jewelry 1940–1960, a 1984 exhibition of modernist studio jewelry held at Fifty/50 Gallery, which McDonald, an authority on 20th- and 21st-century applied art, owned from 1980 to 1993. The sale will include works by revolutionary goldsmiths Giampaolo Babetto and John Paul Miller, mid-century icons Margaret De Patta and Art Smith, contemporary masters such as Lisa Gralnick and Peter Chang, and works from some of the 20th century's most pivotal artists—Claire Falkenstein, Harry Bertoia, and Arnaldo Pomodoro among them.
Image caption: Cecile zu Hohenlohe, Double Ring, circa 2015, 22-karat gold, pyrite, gemstone, 32 x 76 mm, photo courtesy of Wright