born in cuba, raised in brooklyn, and schooled at cooper union in the 50s, jewelry designer art smith was truly one of a kind.  crafting avant-garde jewelry inspired by everything from calder mobiles to the galaxy, smith knew how to perfectly drape a piece of silver sculpture on the body.

and, although being a gay, black, male jewelry designer in the 50s provided several challenges, smith succeeded in getting his work featured in vogue, harpers, and the new yorker, in addition to having it sold at bloomingdales.

modern. bold. ground-breaking.

wearable art, indeed.


{image of art smith from modern silver.  via aqua-velvet.}