Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth, and Ursula Hauser, who were joined in 2000 by partner and vice president Marc Payot. A family business with a global outlook, Hauser & Wirth has expanded over the past 25 years to include outposts in London, New York, Somerset, Los Angeles, and Gstaad. The gallery represents over 60 artists and estates that have been instrumental in shaping its identity over the past quarter century, and that are the inspiration for Hauser & Wirth’s diverse range of activities that engage with art, education, conservation, philanthropy, and sustainability.
On June 6, 2017, Hauser & Wirth New York hosted a roundtable discussion on wearable art objects with Celia Forner, Toni Greenbaum, and Matthew Day Jackson, moderated by Lindsay Pollock. Presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner, this panel explored works that exist somewhere between sculpture and bodily adornment.
Organized by Celia Forner, the Portable Art project included unique pieces as well as editioned series, commissioned from 15 artists and crafted from an array of materials ranging from traditional gold and silver with precious and semiprecious gems to enamel, aluminum, bronze, and iron. The initiative began with an invitation to Louise Bourgeois, who in 2008 conceived different spiral-like precious metal cuffs. In the years since Bourgeois designed these first contributions, the Portable Art project has evolved to include John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Stefan Brüggemann, Subodh Gupta, Mary Heilmann, Andy Hope 1930, Cristina Iglesias, Matthew Day Jackson, Bharti Kher, Nate Lowman, Paul McCarthy, Caro Niederer, Michele Oka Doner, and Pipilotti Rist.
Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner was on view at Hauser & Wirth’s uptown space at 32 East 69th Street from April 20–June 17, 2017. Art Jewelry Forum is pleased to partner with Hauser & Wirth to share this conversation with our audience.