"Patina" neckpiece

1955
Art Smith (American, born in Cuba, 1917–1982)


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

Overall: 27.6 x 16.5 x 1.9 cm (10 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2006.535

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

C-shaped silver necklace with three boomerang-shaped elements each with a pierced oval opening, two are suspended below from hoop links, one is stationary.
Textured surface.


Like the mobiles made by his contemporary, sculptor Alexander Calder, Smith’s jewelry often included freely moving parts, like the dangling boomerang shapes on this neckpiece. Smith was intrigued by movement of jewelry in relation to the movements of the wearer’s body, and believed that his jewelry was not entirely complete except when worn.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

Gansevoort Gallery; Daphne Farago, January 27, 1988 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.