Philadelphia Then and Now (part one) 1950-1980

Philadelphia Then and Now (part one) 1950-1980

(October 09, 2019)   Organized on the occasion of the American Crafts Council’s annual conference, this exhibition, presented at Globe Dye Works from October 12 – November 09, 2019, brought together more than forty works in fiber, metal, clay, wood and glass by as many artists all of whom worked or continue working in the Philadelphia area. My mother and I organized the first part, dealing with works from 1950 – 1980, which included works by Harry Anderson, Yvonne Bobrowicz, Mark Burns, Louise Todd Cope, William Daley, Raymond Galucci, Richard Kagan, Stanley Lechtzin, Jim…
Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe

Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe

(October 6)   Lenore Tawney (1907–2007) was an American artist who is known for her groundbreaking work in fiber as well as for her drawings, collages, and assemblages.   Tawney’s innovative interpretations of traditional practices were central to shifting the perception of weaving from simply a utilitarian craft to fiber art as we know it today. Her experimentation with open-warp techniques resulted in gauzy, loose works of a nonfunctional, free-flowing nature. In what she referred to as “woven forms,” Tawney’s unorthodox sculptural works took weaving beyond the expected flat rectangular format, moving fiber…
Thorvald Hellesen

Thorvald Hellesen

(June 17, 2019)   Thorvald Hellesen (25 December 1888 - 22 October 1937) was a Norwegian abstract artist, designer and painter. His art was associated with the Orphic Cubism movement. He moved to Paris in 1912 after studies in Oslo with Christian Krohg and began working in the atelier of Fernand Leger. After a brief career of commissions and exhibitions, Hellesen returned to Norway in 1937.   In partnership with ECKBO Foundation, Oslo, DCAM will be producing the first comprehensive volume on the artist in English, with essays by Dag Blakkisrud, Hilde Mørch,…
The Grotta Home by Richard Meier

The Grotta Home by Richard Meier

(June 15, 2019)   Glenn Adamson called the remarkable residence Richard Meier designed to house Sandra and Louis Grotta’s collection of contemporary studio jewellery and significant works in wood, ceramic and fiber a ‘vessel for living.’ The building was conceived around the collection, framing the objects within the open architecture, which comprises an equal blend of glass and concrete. Nature, visible from many vantage points, plays an essential supporting role. The Grotta Home by Richard Meier: A Marriage of Architecture and Craft is rich in photographs of the collection and provides impressive insights…
¾ of my life – Jewellery by Pavel Opočenský

¾ of my life – Jewellery by Pavel Opočenský

(May 20, 2019)   Since first establishing himself in the mid-1980s, Czech sculptor and jeweler Pavel Opočensky has worked with materials ranging from steel, ivory, ebony, wood, stone, jade, quartz, amber, Chrysopras, ColorCore, and Bakelite, moving back and forth between precious and unconventional resources. This non-linear trajectory of artistic method is not so much random in character, but rather one that seems guided by a combination of purposeful reinvention and unanticipated opportunities. This is what the best of artists do; rather than being mired in the ideology of a single material, each body…
Wendy Ramshaw (1939 – 2018)

Wendy Ramshaw (1939 – 2018)

(January 8, 2019)   The artist Wendy Ramshaw, who has died aged 79, was best known for the jewellery she designed, and first gained widespread acclaim for in 1970 with a solo exhibition at the Pace Gallery in London. She presented sets of several complementary gold rings, some with semi-precious stones, establishing a signature vocabulary that she continued to develop in different directions for many years. Read our obituary for her published in The Guardian here.

Emerging, Established, Historical: American Jewelers Speak

(November 15, 2018)   On the occasion of New York City Jewelry Week, this daylong symposium brings together some of the most exciting voices in contemporary jewelry. Keynote discussion with Matthew Drutt and Eleanor Moty. Sorry for the lousy audio! Obviously not a DCAM production!!

Small Works and Leo DeCaprio Lookalikes at Frieze New York 2017

(May 5, 2017) In this surreal edition of Frieze New York, we find that bigger isn't always better, and the cult of celebrity at art fairs has gone overboard with a performance piece commissioned by the show's organizers that unleashed a stream of DeCaprio look a-likes that fooled most visitors with smartphone cameras.      

The Drutt Report: March Madness, Contemporary Art, and The Armory Show 2017

(March 3, 2017) This report was commissioned by Time Magazine on-line and International Business Times. A slightly different take from my usual reports, I offer a view of the contemporary art market at the beginning of the year under a new Presidential Administration in the United States. "March Madness" sets the background to the official start of the contemporary art season in New York and serves as a metaphor of larger issues in the market.

In Search of 0,10: The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting

(October 20, 2015)   In this segment, I offer an introduction to the exhibition In Search of ‘0,10 – The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting’ which I organized for Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland. It was on view from October 2015 - January, 2016.