The Circle and the Line: The Jewelry of Betty Cooke

The Circle and the Line: The Jewelry of Betty Cooke

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By Jeannine Falino (Author) and Eleanor Hughes (Editor)  

Betty Cooke has been called variously “an icon within the tradition of modernist jewelry” and “a seminal figure in American Modernist studio jewelry.” Her pieces have been shown nationally and internationally, and are included in a number of museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York. Cooke is regarded as an important role model for other artists and craftspeople. Her jewelry style is influenced by Bauhaus and modernism, simple and pure, both geometric and minimalist; given her early aspirations to become a sculptor, it is not surprising that she thinks of her jewelry as "sculpture in motion.” Fred Lazarus, former director of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where Cooke trained and taught for many years, has said of Cooke’s work, “There is an enduring timelessness about her work, and today, as she did 50 years ago, she continues to create work that is extraordinary in its clean, spare architectural line and stunning simplicity.”

This beautiful book, published to accompany the exhibition Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line, September 2021 through January 2022, features 160 pieces by Cooke, a fully-illustrated checklist, illustrated essay, “Reflections” by leading patrons and collectors of Cooke’s jewelry, illustrated time-line, a selected bibliography, and an exhibition history list of collections containing pieces by Betty Cooke.

96 Pages
8.25 x 7.25 inches


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