Last years at the Art Basel Shows you could discover new wave – jewellery by the artists. Ai Weiwei bracelet at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, cucumber with the sapphires by Erwin Wurm and many other beautiful sculptural objects.
Ai Weiwei bracelets, gold. Photo: Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery
We can assume that this because it is easier to transport the smaller “objets d'art” or the sapphires are more attractive for the collectors than naked language concepts, but that is the fact of today. And it is inspiring to know what kind of beauty can be hidden behind the gallery windows all over the world.
Claude-Lalanne, Bague-en-Fleur. Photo: Luisa Guinness Gallery
But then transporting of such big art objects is a problem in many cases, which makes investment into jewellery even more attractive for the collectors. Or sometimes amazing artwork can come in a few parts which makes it easier to transport too. And if you can wear an incredible flower brooch such as Claude Lalanne’s violets or other flowers – that can also be a great gift to surprise someone who you love, and not just an investment. Where the art and investment meets true beauty and pleasure, or even humour. And where the shape speaks language of proportions of the plants, the universal oldest language on Earth. Claude Lalanne jewellery you can check out at the: Luisa Guinness gallery in London, where the newest surprises are the dog Truffe nose or clover leaves around the crystal ball.
Julie Mehretu, Art Basel
Ink abstract calligraphy by Polya Medvedeva, Berlin, 2016
Nympheas by Polya Medvedeva, fragment, Berlin, 2017
Ok, so it is hard to transport the objects of art, and yes they are expensive. But what actually stands behind the collecting except the investment (sometimes effective and sometimes not)? Behind any collecting we can find true passion to the beauty, even if it is a beauty of the concept or the history only and not aesthetic attraction. And then the true inspiration comes when one can find such things right at home. For the one it can be a beginning of long many-years journey of copying Monet Nympheas (because I can't buy Monet paintings to keep at home even one little, three meters long pond). Or there can be many other things. The cup you have from your granny, your granddad's cufflinks, your daughter's abstract watercolour chef-d'œuvre, the shelf which has been designed by your mother’s colleague (true fancy minimalistic), the bottle of the scent you adore, your mom’s homemade raspberry liquor in the end. Life is so short, and as true shintoists we have a right to collect the beauty and stories around us with all the aplombs, the true moments which are more precious than the emeralds or diamonds.
Pendant with huge smoky quarts by Velar.
"Birdie", the abstract watercolour by Liza's 2 years old daughter, Isis Farrer-Whitehead, London, 2017