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An indispensible set of books
by Marbeth Schon

 

MODERNIST JEWELRY
1930 - 1960

 The Wearable Art Movement

FORM & FUNCTION
 American Modernist Jewelry
 1940 - 1970

I am pleased to present two major works: Modernist Jewelry 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.  and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970.

My first book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1970, The Wearable Art Movement (published by Schiffer in 2004) explores the work of American studio jewelers through four pivotal exhibitions held at the Museum of Modern Art (1946) and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (1948, 1955, 1959), and studies its major design influences: the German Bauhaus; the movements in the fine arts such as Cubism, Constructivism, and Surrealism; and the extraordinary transformations in American society during the mid 20th century.

My new book ,Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, has just hit the market. It covers the history of the American Crafts movement in metals from 1940 - 1970 and has sections on materials, jewelry as art, techniques, over 100 biographies and a marks section. This book is a catalog for a major museum exhibit American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, opening May 3, 2008 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana and its collateral exhibit, The Modernist Movement and Beyond, The Works of Peter Macchiarini and Daniel Macchiarini, Earl Pardon and Tod Pardon at Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne.

Here are comments from some of the jewelers and others about my first book:

I just got a copy of your book on modernist jewelry its a wonderful resource!  The biographies will be tremendously helpful. 

Kelly H. L'Ecuyer
Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Art of the Americas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I am pleased with the layout and use of my jewelry photos. I am proud of your biographical writing. I am reading the whole book as I am interested in biography and it is a pleasure to read the clear and direct way you approach the art--a delight.....thank you for a wonderful read about our inspired artist jewelers.  merry renk

I have just now returned to Tyler and I have received your book. It is GREAT!  You have done a wonderful job and have performed a marvelous service. I am very proud to have played a very small part in assisting you in your mammoth task. Professor Stanley Lechtzin

At last a good book on jewelry!  Margret Craver Withers

The book turned out beautifully. You did a great job of putting it all together! 
Bob Dhaemers

Your book is beautiful. Congratulations--you did a wonderful job!
  Mary Schimpff

Wonderful book! 
Martha Brennan Barns

The books is absolutely marvelous....I feel very honored to be a part of this excellent book.....Lois Franke Warren

Your book arrived and it is great..congratulations! Lilyan Bachrach

I am particularly proud of the individual jeweler biographies in both books--there are over 190!

Some of the jewelers you will recognize and some have never been written about extensively so there are surprises!  Included, are familiar names such as Harry Bertoia, Irena Brynner, Betty Cooke, Margaret De Patta, Robert Ebendorf, Clair Falkenstein, Richard Gompf, Sam Kramer, Ibram Lassaw, Paul Lobel, Peter and Daniel Macchiarini, Tod and Earl Pardon,  Frank Rebajes, merry renk, Florence Resnikoff, Ruth Roach, Mary Schimpff, Art Smith, Ed Wiener, Bob Winston,and many many more who deserve this recognition for the incredible "Wearable Art" they created. 

Both are Hardcover with beautiful pictorial dust jackets;  9" x 11-1/4" Each has over 250 pages and hundreds of colored photographs.

The Wearable Art Movement: $69.95
(item #BK001)


Form & Function: $69.95
(item #BK002)


(please add $4.95 shipping each for the first two books and $1.00 for each additional book within the USA)

If you would like to order the books as a set, use item #BK003  The price for the pair is $135.00 (a savings of $9.00). Please add $6.50 for shipping the pair.

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Thank you!

Marbeth