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carlaz

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2006 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Modernism in American Silver [link gone from the Internet]
June 18 - September 24, 2006

From teaspoons to cocktail shakers, Modernism in American Silver examines the influence of modernism upon industrially produced silverware made in the United States from 1925 to 2000. The exhibit will highlight more than 200 outstanding works, from art moderne to contemporary, by the foremost designers of production silver. Widely recognized figures such as Erik Magnussen, Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Elsa Peretti and Richard Meier are among the featured designers.


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FWG

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And don't neglect the excellent accompanying book of the same title!

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rian

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I saw this exhibition at the Renwick last fall in Washington DC. While I was happy to admire the tea sets, pitchers, centerpieces etc in glass cases. It was frustrating not to be able to handle the knives, forks and spoons. No secret what I collect. The better part of a year later I am still haunted by the place setting with the handles twisted 90 degrees. What would it feel like to use them? Does anyone have a set like this?

I'm embarrassed that I cannot remember the designer or the maker. My once serviceable memory seems to have retired to the little fishing village in the poem by Billy Collins. Could someone please find this out for me?

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William Hood

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I saw the Modernism show when it opened in the Dallas Museum of Art on June 19. It is really stunning; the installation is superb.
Rian, I think you are referring to the Vision flatware pattern designed by Ronald Hayes Pearson for International, introduced in 1961. You can read about it in Jewel Stern's marvelous book/catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.

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Paul Lemieux

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Suspect you are thinking of International Silver Company's "Vision," a superb pattern designed by noted Modernist Ronald Hayes Pearson.

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FredZ

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I collect some of the classic modern flatware styles and they are not always easy to use to eat with. The narrower handles sometime tend to turn within the hand. They are beatiful to look at.

Does anyone know if Adda Husted Anderson is represented in the Modernism show or catalogue? I own two simple pieces of holloware by this influencial designer and silversmith.

Fred

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rian

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International, Vision
Thank you, William and Paul

Fred, would it be easier to eat with them if they were held in a different grip? Having to concentrate every time I picked up a fork might help me lose that extra five pounds.

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