Known for his Organic Wood Sculptures, a Private Practice of JB Blunk is Revealed for the First Time—Jewelry

JB Blunk in his studio circa 1975. Photo courtesy of JB Blunk Collection.

The art world celebrates JB Blunk for his organic sculptural works in clay and wood, many of which can be found in the permanent collections of institutions like the Smithsonian and SFMoma. But the upcoming exhibition at New York’s Kasmin gallery marks the first presentation of the late artist’s jewelry work. “Muse”— which also features a selection of Blunk’s ceramics, paintings, and wood sculptures—charts the artist’s travels across South America and East Asia through the gems, bones, seedpods, and beads that he collected along the way and transformed into wearable mementos for loved ones. 

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