The very first retrospective exhibition of American jewelry designer David Webb will be hosted by the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. “David Webb: Society’s Jeweler” showcases the North Carolina-born maestro’s oeuvre, from necklaces and rings to bold pieces in hammered gold, jade, coral, enamel, and precious stones. Adept at updating traditional motifs from countries as far-flung as China, Mexico, Greece, and India, Webb’s fascination for bold, geometric forms has won him many fans in American high society.
According to curator Donald Albrecht, the exhibition puts Webb’s designs in the context of the free-wheeling spirit of the 1960s and ’70s, and demonstrates how the designer fed the desires of that zeitgeist to create memorable objets d’art for clients such as the Duchess of Windsor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
A section of the exhibition focuses on the exquisite workmanship in Webb’s jewelry through a virtual deconstruction of one his most famous pieces, the 1963 zebra bracelet, revealing how the 32 different components of that piece fit together. The show also traces the evolution of Webb’s style, from his elegant variations on flowers in the 1950s to the muscular aesthetic of the bestiary that characterized his work in the 1960s and continued through the early 1970s
“David Webb: Society’s Jeweler” runs until April 13 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.
adapted from blouinartinfo.com
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