[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”13564″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Art gallery Putti gladly announces the fact that Latvian contemporary jewellery designer Māris Auniņš has been selected to participate in the New York Museum of Arts and Design’s annual six-day exhibition LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, featuring designs from emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists, this fall from September 28-October 3, 2015. For its 15th anniversary edition, LOOT presents a cross-section of the most exciting and cutting-edge designs, offering the public a rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces directly from some of the most skilled creators in the field. LOOT champions the vision and craftsmanship of international studio and art jewelers—many of whom have never before shown work in the US—often serving as a launch pad for the next generation of designers.
LOOT represents the culmination of curator Bryna Pomp’s yearlong process of research and discovery. After traveling and meeting a broad cross section of artists worldwide, Pomp carefully selects a group whose work exemplifies original and inventive design, a range of materials and outstanding craftsmanship. With 55 artists from 21 countries, the resulting exhibition showcases a diverse array of new materials, techniques and innovations in studio and art jewelry from across the globe.
LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is in keeping with the Museum of Arts and Design’s commitment to the exploration of materials and process, as well as its long-standing presentation of jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.
“This year’s featured artists represent a remarkably diverse assortment of backgrounds, materials and nationalities. Together, they provide a sense of the field’s wide-ranging possibilities and continued advancement,” says LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp. “An impressive array of designs will be on display throughout the exhibition and sale, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover some of the most talented designers creating work today.”
Māris Auniņš is a graduate of the Metal Design Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The designer explores the Bauhaus school trend in architecture and design – constructivism, minimalism, simple shapes and clarity. He is one of the few jewellery designers in Latvia polishing the gemstones himself. Maris Auniņš jewellery stands out with its linear and simple shapes and sophisticated modesty. It makes you think about architecture – straight lines, geometric shapes, perspectives. “This time is my time but who knows, maybe after 500 years my works will be regarded ethnographic,” says Auniņš.
On Monday, September 28, 2015, the Museum of Arts and Design will host the LOOT 2015 Opening Benefit from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. The evening’s events include first access for patrons to meet the 2015 LOOT artists and acquire their designs, a cocktail reception, as well as a dinner honoring the 2015 LOOT Award recipients.
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