Claude Chavent, Cage

Complicit Abysses

Does the absurd have a meaning? Perhaps it is a question of perspective. Claude Chavent was a formidable jeweler who mastered gold, silver, steel, and iron. He also mastered double-entendres, which he loved to play with like throwing a bottle into the sea. From his initial training, as a scientist, he kept seriousness and precision. …

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Karl Bollmann

Karl Bollmann, 1943–2022

The Austrian attorney was—with his spouse, Heidi—an important collector of new jewelry, the term he preferred Bollmann didn’t view himself as a collector, but rather as someone who enjoyed purchasing jewelry to give to his wife The exhibition Schmuck 1970–2015, held at Vienna’s MAK in 2015, showed roughly half of the couple’s collection at the …

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A Shy Lady

Pioneering crafts collector Sandy Grotta died in September 2021 at the age of 87. She and her husband, Lou, began collecting in 1957. Gijs Bakker remembers his friendship with her. A shy lady, of short stature, touched my arm and asked me to make something for her. It happened in 1989 during my retrospective at the …

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