Left, Louise Nevelson Pendant, 1985-86. Painted wood and metal. 20 unique works ranging from $19,000-$45,000. Right, Kenny Scharf Starrings (Earrings), 2008. 18k gold, diamonds, pearls and enamel, $6,000.
The show features 34 one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces (all for sale) from major artists like Louise Nevelson, Kenny Scharf, Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith. We'd wear one of Nevelson's unique wood-and-metal Pendants (1985-6), which stand out for their chunky, puzzle-like parts and varying textures. We also love how Scharf infuses his cartoon-like Starrings earrings (2008) and Speedy necklace (2007) with the same playfulness found in his art. And for an art-as-jewelry-as-art twist, private jewelry dealer Sara Benda, who organized the show, points to a gold Ettore Sottsass necklace, saying, "you could even hang it on your wall."
Louise Bourgeois Collar, designed 1947/48. Silver.
The show is on display at the Friedman Benda gallery through January 9, 2009.