Written by Sandra Martinez for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photos: Sandra Martinez
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LOOT: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY POP-UP STORE RETURNS WITH NEW EXHIBITS
NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2017), Yesterday, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) began hosting 54 Artists from 21 countries for its annual five-day pop-up exhibition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry – April 4 – 8, 2017, plus a special benefit dinner on April 3rd.
Now in it’s 17th year, LOOT gives the public the rare opportunity to not only get a first hand look at cutting-edge artistic jewelry designs but to also meet and buy the jewelry directly from the artist themselves. Materials used to make the jewelry included driftwood, neoprene, marble, sheer plywood, textiles, ceramic, aluminum, china tableware, plastic bottles, shopping bags and even skateboards.
LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp selected all the artists, after a year of travel and research. For the first time, LOOT featured three artists from Iceland and one from Romania.
“Each year, I seek to present materials that even I have not seen in my decades of work in the field of jewelry,” said Pomp.
Art jewelers Sunyoung Kim from South Korea and Ute van der Plaats from Germany were the winners of this year’s LOOT Acquisition Prize. The Museum will acquire Kim’s Theme and Variation necklace and Van der Plaats In Between Days ring, for its permanent collection. The LOOT Acquisition Prize seeks to recognize a LOOT jewelry artist whose work reflects maturity in artistry and concept; exhibits both a superior and experimental understanding of materials and form; and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution.
The LOOT exhibit reflects MAD’s commitment to the exploration of materials and process, as well as its long-standing presentation of jewelry as an art form. Loot is one of New York’s most unique museum experiences with proceeds benefitting MAD’s exhibition and education programs.
MAD is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry, comprising more than 900 pieces.
top left: Artist Kaori Juzu / top right: Featured designs at LOOT: MAD About Jewelry / bottom left: Artist Mario Salvucci with his creation “Manta ray”
bottom right 1: Artist Marianne Batlle / bottom right 2: “Prince” by Marianne Batlle