Arthur George “Art” Smith (American, 1917–1982) created bold original jewelry designs from the late 1940s to the 1970s. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphicism, and primitivism, Smith had a sculptor’s sensitivity to the human form and the power of negative space. Our Sculptural Modern Pin is adapted from several original Art Smith designs (ca. 1969), now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Adapted by Ben-Amun for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Produced by the Metropolitan Museum in cooperation with the Brooklyn Museum.
Palladium overlay, with lapis. 1 7/8''L.
- Palladium overlay
- 1 7/8''L
Art HistoryThe Brooklyn, New York, reared modernist Arthur George Smith (American, 1917–1982) trained at Cooper Union and opened his first jewelry shop in Greenwich Village in 1946. Smith’s jewelry is dynamic in its size and form, yet lightweight and wearable. Duke Ellington and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the high-profile clients who favored his linear, asymmetrical creations.