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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last weekend to catch Bent, Cast, Forged The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia exhibit at Museum of Art & Design

Photograph by Richard Goodbody
The Cranbrook Art Museum's Bent, Cast & Forged exhibit at MAD is one of those elevated exhibits that not only tracks an artist's career but explains to the viewer the crossroads between fashion and art, which for me, is something I can't always see.  I know that I love interesting jewelry, but I can't always express the feelings behind what catches my eye, but I know that it is beyond the superficial. There is a feeling or a statement I am identifying with that only this tiny piece of art can express. While Harry Bertoia was best known for his woven wire metal furniture and copper and bronze sculptures, this exhibit gives focused attention to his work before those years when he was expressing his creative vision through tiny sculptures of art in the form of jewelry, most of which were made from melted down metal scraps - including wedding rings. For more information, check out madmuseum.org.

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