The Jason Jacques Gallery will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with an exhibition of exceptional historic and contemporary art and design titled: “30 for 30.” Featuring masterworks from the Art Nouveau period by Jean-Joseph Carriès, Ernest Chaplet, and Hector Guimard, as well as important contemporary design by Kim Simonsson, Gareth Mason, and Aneta Regel, the exhibition offers an overview of the period that established the gallery’s reputation as well as the current roster of artists who are shaping the field. An accompanying illustrated hardcover catalog accompanying the exhibition with essays by noted authorities including Glenn Adamson, Eve Kahn, Garth Clark, and others will available for purchase. The exhibition runs from January 25th to March 8th 2019.
Highlights of the exhibition include a patinated plaster version of Jean-Joseph Carriès La Tête de Faune (ca. 1885), versions of which are in the collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Additionally, the show offers a rare opportunity to see one of Hector Guimard’s most-celebrated architectural elements, the replace and chimney piece from the Maison Coilliot in Lille (ca. 1900). Designed for a local tile and stoneware contractor, Guimard fashioned the exterior ceramics and replaces from ‘enameled lava’—a material process invented by Coilliot—combining advances in technology and aesthetics in this important commission. In the same way, the exhibition’s contemporary ceramics—by Loewe Craft Prize finalist Aneta Regel, British ceramist Gareth Mason, and others—continue the tradition of pushing the boundaries of aesthetics and materiality to the edge of craft practice.
This exhibition demonstrates the wide range of interests that have positioned The Jason Jacques Gallery as a champion of important historic and contemporary design that institutions and individuals rely upon to help shape their collections. With the conviction that good design is timeless, the exhibition features ceramics, furniture, fine art, and jewelry from the late-nineteenth century to the present.