Tiffany & Co. is pleased to announce that its collaboration with five artists from the 2017 Whitney Biennial (March 17 – June 11) will be unveiled in the windows of its iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store on March 9. In this unprecedented partnership, the curators of the 2017 Whitney Biennial Mia Locks and Christopher Y. Lew handpicked five artists who collaborated with Tiffany artisans and master craftsmen on these special artist editions. Tiffany & Co. further commissioned each artist to create unique site-specific window environments to display the editions. Each of the artists—Harold Mendez, Ajay Kurian, Raúl de Nieves, Carrie Moyer and Shara Hughes embraced this opportunity to expand their practices and experiment with new materials.
Ajay Kurian (b. 1984) worked with Tiffany craftspeople to emblazon 10 limited-edition sterling silver business card cases with the word “psycho” hidden within the intricate acid-etched design—a reference to the power elite and their “secret handshake” from the 2001 film, American Psycho. His window installation references the film even further with cards toppling out of the card case and spinning down a diorama of the Whitney Museum’s Renzo Piano designed staircase, where his work will be displayed at the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
A self-described “ecstatic abstractionist,” Carrie Moyer (b. 1960) is best known for vibrant large-scale acrylic and glitter paintings that begin with her cut-paper collage process. Her window installation will feature a sterling silver stippled pendant, an edition of 10, hung amidst brightly colored layered shapes and painted globes, highlighting the textural quality of her work.
Inspired by his first visit to the Tiffany Hollowware workshop in Rhode Island, he developed this sterling silver vessel, Harold Mendez (b. 1977) will incorporate old used silversmith polishing cloths that contain traces of precious metals into his window display. The pre-Columbian death mask he created in collaboration with Tiffany artisans in an edition of five is shown filled with water on a bed of multicolored polishing wheels. The artist positions a mirror at a 45-degree angle above the sculpture in order to reveal its iridescent interior within the tomb like space.
Raúl de Nieves’ (b. 1984) ornate window features an engraving on 18 layers of etched glass. The image, depicting two characters presenting a child to the world, was first hand engraved on a Tiffany sterling silver box, which is placed on a center portal with a red tufted backdrop—a subtle reference to reliquaries [and the relics they housed].
Shara Hughes (b. 1981) reproduced her visionary landscapes into painted layers, which surround a hand-painted bone china pitcher. The work will rotate 360 degrees, and the interior lighting will change in relation to the time of day. Her signature bold stroke will transport viewers into a fantastical landscape.
The windows provide another platform for the artists to communicate their visions to a wider audience and showcase their collaborative yearlong efforts with Tiffany artisans. Tiffany & Co. is proud to be engaged in a relevant dialogue with some of the most unique voices making art today.
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