Appiglio (brooch) by Bruno Martinazzi 2003 at Ornamentum. Photography: Courtesy of Ornamentum
A timely reminder of Bruno Martinazzi’s powerful contribution to the art-jewellery movement, New York specialist Ornamentum is celebrating the Italian sculptor-jeweller’s work on what would have been his 95th birthday. Martinazzi died earlier this year, so this display becomes something of a first retrospective. Having learned goldsmithing in his home city of Turin in the post-war years, Martinazzi, a dedicated humanist who also studied psychology, used his preferred metal to sculpt powerfully symbolic jewels and larger pieces. His works wonder at the complexity of what it is to be human, physically and spiritually. While bold in form, the intellectual quality of his jewels imbues them with a surprisingly ethereal quality.