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William Harper: The Beautiful & the Grotesque
William Harper

April 04
June 14 2019

Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery

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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

Much like a painter or jazz musician, artist William Harper enters his studio with an improvisational approach. Each movement inspires the next, and he is driven by an intense love for the material process. Harper's lush objects combine unexpected materials: plastic beads, nails, bone, pearls, jewels, and precious metals. The Beautiful & the Grotesque emphasizes the tension between high and low, precious and disposable. Harper's decidedly contemporary approach to jewelry making 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. The opening reception will be 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, and the V&A, among many others. His work is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit Jewelry: The Body Transformed through February 24, 2019.


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