Features 160 pieces by the internationally acclaimed, Baltimore-based jeweller, Betty Cooke
“Cooke’s guiding principle is ‘less is more’; her pieces are described as wearable, minimalist sculpture – expressed through lines and angles”—The Jeweller, National Association of Jewellers
Betty Cooke (b. 1924) has been called variously “an icon within the tradition of modernist jewelry” and “a seminal figure in American Modernist studio jewelry.” Her work has been shown internationally and is included in a number of museum collections, including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. She is regarded as an important role model for other artists and craftspeople. Her jewellery style is influenced by Bauhaus and modernism, very simple and pure, both geometric and minimalist. Given her early aspirations to become a sculptor, it is not surprising that she thinks of her jewellery as “sculpture in motion”. Her pieces have been sold through museums and contemporary designers including Keegs in Seattle. Cooke has designed pieces for Kirk Stieff and for Geoffrey Beene’s shows in
New York and Milan.
This volume features a fully-illustrated checklist, “Reflections” by leading patrons and collectors of Cooke’s work, an illustrated time-line, a selected bibliography and a list of collections containing pieces by Betty Cooke.
Accompanies the exhibition Betty Cooke, The Circle and the Line, opening in September 2021 at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Jeannine Falino is the guest curator of Betty Cooke, The Circle and the Line at The
Walters Art Museum
Edited by Eleanor Hughes, deputy director for Art and Program, The Walters Art Museum
Table of contents
- Director’s Foreword
- Curatorial Acknowledgments
- Reflection by Ellen Lupton
- Less is More by Jeannine Falino
- Reflection by Nancy Rome
- Reflection by Laurin (Monk) B. Askew Jr.
- Reflection by Nan-Kirsten Forte
- Reflection by David and Joann Hayden
- Reflection by Betty Cooke
- Selected Reading
- Museum Collections