Artwork of the Week: June 29

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Art Smith (American, 1917–1982), Positive/Negative Necklace, brass, about 1948. Max. W. 7 in. Gallery 34

African American designer Art Smith frequently used symbols from West African tribal jewelry as elements in his own designs. The solid brass portion of this necklace, for example, resembles jewelry worn by members of the Asante court of Ghana. Smith’s elegant design with its curved forms emphasizes the relationship between body and jewelry.

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