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The Beautiful & the Grotesque
William Harper

April 04
June 14 2019

Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery

The Beautiful & the Grotesque

William Harper, Treasure Box

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"There are painters who are craftsmen; there are jewelers who are artists. I maintain that the finest art, in any medium, results from those who are both artists and craftsmen."
— William Harper

The above quote references artist William Harper's belief and dedication to craftsmanship and concept. Much like a painter or jazz musician, Harper enters his studio with an improvisational style, each move inspiring another, driven by an intense love for the material process. His lush objects combine unexpected materials and techniques from plastic beads, nails, and bone to pearls, jewels, and precious metals. The exhibit's title The Beautiful & the Grotesque emphasizes the tension within the dichotomies between high and low, precious and disposable, resulting in a decidedly contemporary approach to jewelry making that is not for the faint of heart.

The Beautiful & the Grotesque will be on view in Reinberger Gallery from April 4 through June 14, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8pm. A full catalog of the exhibition will be available for purchase at the opening.

Harper (CIA ’67) is a New York artist whose works in metals and enamels are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and The Hermitage Museum (among many others). Harper's work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit Jewelry: The Body Transformed through February 24, 2019.


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