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Objects of Affection : Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter - Price Collection - Rebecca E Elliot

Objects of Affection

Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter - Price Collection

By: Rebecca E Elliot, Toni Greenbaum (Contribution by)

Hardcover | 28 May 2024

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A new survey of the life, creative spirit, and career of Robert W. Ebendorf, one of America's most important artists in the field of found-object jewelry and metalwork. Robert Ebendorf (b. 1938) has been one of the most influential artists in the studio jewelry movement from its beginning in the 1960s to today. His work combines exceptional craftsmanship, acquired through traditional training in gold- and silversmithing, with the inventive use of found objects and other alternative materials such as acrylic and ColorCore. Objects of Affection traces his development from the Scandinavian modernism of his early work to his first use of found objects such as tintype photographs in the 1960s; juxtapositions of colored acrylic and precious metals in the 1970s; use of found newspaper and other textual elements in the 1980s; his pivotal incorporation of animal parts in the 1990s; and the remixing and further development of many of these approaches in the twenty-first century. Unique features of this highly collectable volume are its special focus on Ebendorf's work of the last two decades, his friendship with collectors Ron Porter and Joe Price, and his activities during his time in North Carolina. Also of note are the inclusion of selected works by graduate students taught by Ebendorf at East Carolina University (ECU), where he led the jewelry program from 1997 to 2016, and the presentation of numerous collages and sketches by Ebendorf included by him in many of the letters and postcards he has written over the course of his career. Many of these letters feature printed ephemera, in addition to sketches. And it is this ephemeral and archival aspect of the Porter?Price Collection which sets it apart from other publications on Ebendorf's work. AUTHORS: Rebecca E. Elliot is assistant curator of craft, design, and fashion at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, where she oversees the collection of studio jewelry in addition to working with craft and design in all media. Toni Greenbaum is an art historian specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century jewelry and metalwork. She is the author of the seminal book Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960 (1996) and a contributing author to numerous books, exhibition catalogs, and arts publications. Greenbaum lectures nationally and internationally, including at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and is a on the board of directors, Art Jewelry Forum; a member of AJF Editorial Advisory Committee and former professor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She lives in New York. SELLING POINTS: . Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, featuring Ebendorf's works plus that of students of the metal design program at ECU. . Ebendorf's work is highly collectable, and appeals to both general audiences and jewelry and craft connoisseurs alike. Letters, printed ephemera, and sketches, set this book apart from other publications on Ebendorf's work. . This is the first publication to concentrate on the 21stcentury period and Ebendorf's work at ECU. . Ebendorf's works can be found at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFA Houston, Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin (the store sells his works and is home to the largest contemporary craft collection in North America), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, both in, Kansas City, Missouri. . Draws from the Porter . Price Collection to explore Ebendorf's career over seven decades and his impact on his field, concentrating on his friendship with Porter and Price and his time at ECU. 81 colour illustrations

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