One of the Five Artists from the 2017 Whitney Biennial Shares her Art
Tiffany & Co. taps five artists from the 2017 Whitney Biennial to create limited-edition keepsakes
Ten Tiffany & Co. pitchers are sitting in artist Shara Hughes’s Brooklyn studio. “I can’t believe I get to paint these and send them back to the store,” says Hughes, who will brush the vessels with colorful strokes reminiscent of her abstract landscapes.
But works of art have long been welcomed on the shelves at Tiffany, which has a rich history of tapping creative talents, from Paloma Picasso to Elsa Peretti. This year the company takes its commitment a step further, signing on as sponsor of the next three Whitney Biennials. Five artists featured in the 2017 show were asked to put their spin on a classic Tiffany object. The limited-edition designs—Hughes’s pitchers, a business-card case by Ajay Kurian, a pendant by Carrie Moyer, a silver vessel by Harold Mendez, and a box by Raúl de Nieves—will be sold at Tiffany’s Manhattan flagship (the artists will also do the windows) and the Whitney Shop.
De Nieves, who worked with Tiffany’s craftsmen to etch one of his drawings atop a silver box, said the project gave him new ideas for his art practice: “Now I want to get into engraving!”