Alongside the Whitney Biennial, one of New York City’s most anticipated contemporary art events, Tiffany & Co. has put $5 million towards a limited number of pieces specially created by five participating artists for the Whitney’s shop and Tiffany’s flagship location in Midtown Manhattan.
Carrie Moyer, a Brooklyn-based painter with a vibrant oeuvre, designed a silver pendant inspired by her collages.
Raúl de Nieves, who boasts an arresting mixed media installation at the Biennial, forged a silver box.
Brooklyn-based artist Shara Hughes sculpted and hand-painted china pitchers.
Ajay Kurian, whose mixed media installation Childermass hangs in the Whintey’s staircase, crafted a sterling silver card holder titled Modern Secrets.
Mixed media artist Harold Mendez created five almost traditional Tiffany vessels—except for the Colombain death mask inspired by an artifact in a Medellín museum at each center. The artist reported to The New York Times that he visited a Tiffany workshop in Rhode Island where silver-polishing wheels and an old iridescent tea caddy advertised in a back-issue catalog got him thinking.