Van Cleef & Arpels Spotlights the Elusive Daniel Brush

PARIS — Van Cleef & Arpels is lifting the lid on Daniel Brush with a show of the reclusive artist’s work at its jewelry school in Paris.
Brush and his wife and close collaborator, Olivia, were the guests of honor at an intimate dinner on Wednesday at L’École, the School of Jewelry Arts, where the works on display included drawings, sculptures and objects ranging from a sculpted steel-and-gold table piece to more traditional jewelry.
The “Cuffs and Necks” exhibition, open to the public from Oct. 13 to 31, features 70 cuffs and 78 chokers from two larger series, the latter created over four years specifically for a book of photographs.

A display case with chokers by Daniel Brush.
Courtesy Laurent Kariv

It marks the first show in France for Brush, whose pieces were last on public display at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2012.
“In the past 35 years, I’ve had three museum exhibits — that’s it. Nothing else. There’s no agents, no dealers, no brokers,” said Brush, who spends months at a time holed up in his studio, surrounding by the antique turning lathes and guilloché-engraving machines that he collects.
“I am available, and people can come and they can look, and

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