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Jewelry exhibition continues to draw crowds to Palm Beach museum

12 Feb 2014 11:40 AM
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Due to the fact that many of the most elegant and cutting edge fashions can be seen during a typical trip through Palm Beach's chic downtown area, it is of no surprise to many that one of the island town's most popular exhibitions focuses on the exquisite jewelry created by a revered designer. 

"David Webb: Society's Jeweler" opened at the Norton Museum of Art on Thursday, Jan. 16 to rave reviews, and has been hosting a multitude of visitors daily. Boasting a collection of 80 examples of Webb's extraordinary talent and vision, the exhibit offers individuals the chance to get a first-hand look at the stunning necklaces, rings and other pieces created from hammered gold, jade, coral, enamel and precious stones.

Exhibition to offer behind-the-scenes look
In addition to the breath-taking examples of high-end jewelry included in the museum's current display, a selection of drawings and diagrams will also be featured. These preparatory works serve to provide attendees with an exclusive look into Webb's creative process and illustrate his unique perspectives on crafting such innovative and timeless pieces. Photographs, artwork, publications and advertisements from the 1960s will be included within the exhibition in order to help viewers to place Webb within the visual culture of the decade. 

The exhibition will continue to be available for view until April 13, when the Norton Museum of Art will begin preparing the gallery space for its subsequent displays. The museum is internationally renowned for its library of photography, as well as its collections of European, American, Chinese and contemporary art. Members of the museum and children under the age of 12 can enjoy free entry to the museum, while non-members will be asked to pay a $12 admission fee. Visiting hours and observed holidays can be found through the organization's official website. 

Insightful exhibition lecture to be held this month
Although the display doesn't end until mid-April, the museum will host a discussion regarding Webb and his body of work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Donald Albrecht, a guest curator of this special exhibit, will offer audience members additional insight into Webb's storied career as well as the many pieces of jewelry and decorative objects he created. Putting an emphasis on the different affinities between his work and the cultural trends of the 1960s, Albrecht's visually engaging lecture is expected to be a memorable experience for all who attend. 

Entry to the discussion will be offered to members for free, as well as those non-members who purchase admission to the museum the day of the event. No RSVP is required, however, seating is limited, so individuals interested in participating are encouraged to arrive well ahead of time. 

Webb played integral role in high fashion, society
Jewelry created by Webb was typically worn by the rich and famous, effectively playing an important role in the ways the public viewed notable figures such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Duke and Diana Vreeland. 

"At the height of his fame in the '60s and early '70s, Webb he created official gifts of state for the White House," Albrecht told the Palm Beach Daily News following the exhibition's opening reception. "His client, the Duchess of Windsor, called him 'Fabergé reborn,' and Jacqueline Kennedy dubbed him 'a modern-day Cellini.'"

Born in Asheville, N.C., Webb opened his first store in 1948 in New York City. By 1950, he had received the honor of having his work featured on the cover of Vogue magazine. He rose to national fame in the 1960s thanks to the ubiquitous popularity of this animal bracelets, which were typically more declarative than darling. To this day, his style continues to be seen on famous starlets and respected socialites.