David Yurman - Where Design Meets Art
MILAN, ITALY – A general view of ‘David Yurman – Where Design Meets Art’ during Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18  in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for David Yurman)

Da v i d    Y u r m a n    Ho s t s    F i r s t
M e n ’ s    C o l l e c t i o n
E x h i b i t i o n    i n    C o l l a b o r a t i o n
w i t h    Ar t i s t    An t h o n y    J a m e s

Exhibition Premieres at Milano Moda Uomo

David Yurman,  America’s  premier luxury jewelry brand,  hosted  its first-ever  men’s  collection exhibition to take place  during  Milano Moda  Uomo fashion  week  The exhibition is  rendered in collaboration  with sculptor,  painter  and performance  artist  Anthony James,  whose  unique sculptures  will be displayed in tandem with David Yurman men’s jewelry. The exhibition took place at the historic Chiesa  San Paolo Converso church in Milan, Italy, headquarters of CLS Architetti.

The exhibition celebrates the brand’s voyage from art to jewelry, and expresses the significance of sculpture as it relates  to the brand’s  origins.  Created  by David  Yurman,  a  sculptor  and  his  wife Sybil,  a  painter,  in 1980 in downtown New York,  the brand   is rooted in unconventional artistry  that stems  from the founders’  aesthetic approach and inspiration.

Evan Yurman,  the brand’s Chief Design Director, creates the vision behind the men’s jewelry collection, which is rooted in the use  of unconventional  materials,  innovative  technology  and quality craftsmanship.  David Yurman collections, such as Forged Carbon  and Meteorite, have set an unprecedented standard of creative engineering in the category.

Evan, an avid collector of modern art, was first introduced to James’ artwork in 2004, when he visited his studio in lower Manhattan.  He was immediately entranced by James’  monolithic  light sculptures,  and began collecting  his work,  including the dodecahedrons  that will feature in the exhibition.  Intrigued by the relationship  between the optical nature of James’s art and the display of three-dimensional items, such  as jewelry, Evan and Anthony came together to create smaller sculptural showcases which  would house jewelry, allowing it to be seen from all angles and into infinity. The result is 14 unique showcases, along with a specially-commissioned larger outdoor sculpture, which will be on display in front of Chiesa San Paolo Converso for a full month.

“Anthony’s work is both striking and thought-provoking  at the same time,” said Evan Yurman.  “He plays on social constructs  and creates  pieces  that make you think differently  about space,  time,  and shape.  His  approach  to innovation mirrors ours; we both use sculpture and form to tell stories, and to connect with people. These parallels have drawn me to his work, and our exhibition in Milan, a city center of art, design and culture, is a fitting stage to finally bring our two worlds together.”

Anthony James  said,  “The dodecahedron sculpture  I’ve created for David  Yurman  specifically is borne from the idea of infinity  and the universe.  Looking into the sculpture,  one feels the presence  of multiple layers of reality almost within grasp, yet fragmented by the reflection of the glass. The dodecahedron form reflects my interest in materially representing a multi-dimensional universe.”

For more information, please visit www.DavidYurman.com.


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