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The Power of Jewelry

ROBERT LEE MORRIS The Power of Jewelry
A Retrospective & Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition and Book-signing
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 from 5-8pm

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Download MORE ABOUT RLM (2.3 MB pdf file)


ABOUT ROBERT LEE MORRIS: Acclaimed designer Robert Lee Morris has dominated the world of high fashion jewelry and body ornament in America for over 30 years. Influenced by his multi-cultural milieu, yet always staying true to his singular, innovative vision, Morris has created his own cutting edge work and collaborated with some of the great names in haute couture: such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene and Karl Lagerfeld. Morris remains, above all else, an artist. He has been honored with many prestigious awards including the Coty Award, DeBeers Right Hand Award, Grand Prize in the International Platinum Contest for his "Web of Life" Necklace and two Council of Fashion Designers of Americas awards, as well as receiving countless accolades by his peers.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: The exhibition will include a 3-part presentation: a retrospective of his 30 years of impressive design, including many museum and private collection pieces rarely seen before (Torpedo Quill, Helix and Zeta collections - from the 70's and the famous Cannoli belt). The second portion will include one of a kind sculptures (Sails), as well as vintage and contemporary and jewelry works - even a few new creations, made expressly for this exhibition! The entire presentation will be complete with the addition of his limited edition jewelry collections: the Classics and the newest icons from the Mandala series. Morris' distinctive style is one of strong, graceful shapes that call forth the profound emotional responses of ancient artifacts and aboriginal cultures from around the world. Inspired by pieces as varied as bronzed-age spears, early Chinese jade axes and African tribal ironwork, Morris' imagination transforms the suggestions of these evocative objects into works all his own, superb ornaments that seem to speak to us from another distant time and place.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Power of Jewelry, combines the artists' own words with images of his stunning jewelry, simple yet powerful designs that have made a remarkable impression on generations of jewelry lovers. The story of his success is accompanied by extraordinary photographs of his signature pieces and iconic pieces from the 80's including a snake belt, crosses popularized by Madonna, a vertebrae cuff, knuckle rings and favorite jewelry pieces worn by celebrity fans such as Cher, Oprah and Halle Berry. In his conversational and intimate narrative, Morris describes how his unique blend of tribal and industrial culture came to life in his collections. Morris explains his constant challenge in design - "to create an ethnic mood while keeping an urban chic quality that gives the work more flexibility in fashion and everyday wear." The forward written by his friend and collaborator, Donna Karan does not view "Robert's work as jewelry, instead it is art for the body".

ABOUT SCULPTURE TO WEAR GALLERY & Proprietor, LISA M. BERMAN: Sculpture to Wear Gallery represents the most influential and renowned international artists in contemporary art-jewelry, textiles and wearable art today. The new gallery location on the chic Montana Avenue is a unique venue that hosts museum quality exhibitions, fashion shows and debuts exciting tactile collections. The proprietor, Lisa M. Berman, opened the gallery 7 years ago, after a decade in the fashion industry and designing jewelry for her own company, Statements Accessories. Berman, who curates most of the galleries' shows as well as other traveling exhibitions, continuously seeks to collaborate with intriguing talent from around the world. The gallery has an unparalleled vision of the fresh and innovative - both collectors and stylists alike search for "What is next?" The answer is often found at Sculpture To Wear.

"Out WEST you see this profusion of jewelry. Women are Goddesses." Morris stated in an interview. Please join us for this exclusive reception in honor of Robert Lee Morris. Share in the fun, wear your favorite RLM jewelry pieces to the exhibition opening, Tuesday, Oct. 11th, from 5-8pm and he will personalize them with his signature.

RSVP for the event or to reserve your signed copy of The Power of Jewelry, visit the gallery website www.sculpturetowear.com. For information, contact Lisa M. Berman (lisa@sculpturetowear.com) or Natasha Kaplan (info@sculpturetowear.com) at 310 260-1957.

Exhibition Dates: Oct. 11th - Nov. 5th, 2005.

808 11th Street (@ Montana Ave.),
Santa Monica, CA 90403
T (310) 260-1957
F (310) 260-1958

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